Sport facing the coronavirus live: news from April 1, 2021

Osaka City Doesn’t Want Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic torch relay is expected to avoid metropolitan Osaka due to a further rise in Covid-19 infections, the local governor and city mayor said Thursday, according to local media. Officials in Osaka did not immediately comment on statements attributed to the city’s mayor and the governor of the department of the same name where it is located, as the Japanese government reportedly prepares to impose new measures to combat Covid-19 in some areas of Osaka and two other departments.

According to several Japanese media, Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura wants the Olympic torch relay stage in the city of Osaka to be canceled. “We believe that this falls into the category of non-essential outings and that crowds should be avoided in the city of Osaka,” he said according to the Mainichi newspaper. According to local media reports, the mayor of Osaka, Ichiro Matsui, also demanded that the relay avoid the city. “It is very un fortunate, but the torch relay must be canceled,” he said, according to the Nikkei newspaper. The Tokyo Olympics, delayed for a year due to the pandemic, are to be held from July 23 to August 8.

The Olympic torch relay kicked off on March 25 in Fukushima, with organizers hoping it will help build enthusiasm for the Games affected by the global health crisis. The flame is scheduled to pass through Osaka County on April 13 and 14, starting with Sakai City and ending with Osaka City.

What impact on sport?

The practice of sports in leisure remains authorized individually within a radius of 10 kilometers around his home, without time limit.

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Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, extended the measures in force in around twenty departments throughout France. Schools will also close for three weeks (primary and kindergarten) and four for middle and high schools. This will obviously lead to the end of sports practice at school.


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