Olympics torch relay to start in a month signalling the start of the event as scheduled

Vice Director-General Yukihiko Nunomura advised people to follow the prescribed guidelines and maintain decorum

Organisers on Thursday read out a list of rules regarding health measures for the 10,000 torchbearers and others who are to take part, including fans. (File picture)   -  Getty Images

The torch relay for the postponed Tokyo Olympics is to start in a month, which should be a sign that the troubled Olympics are on track to begin on July 23.

It was at this stage at the start of the torch relay just under a year ago — just after the Olympic flame arrived from Greece — that the Olympics were postponed because of the coronavirus.

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Organisers on Thursday read out a list of rules regarding health measures for the 10,000 torchbearers and others who are to take part, including fans. They also cautioned that changes to the route or runners could come without much notice.

"No shouting, no cheering. Please cheer by clapping your hands and maintain appropriate distance in case there is overcrowding," Yukihiko Nunomura, the vice director-general or the organizing committee, told a briefing.

Torchbearers will be allowed to run without wearing a mask, but all others are required to wear one.

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