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Greece Hands Over Olympic Flame To Tokyo 2020

In the absence of spectators, the Olympic flame was handed to Tokyo 2020 representative Naoko Imoto at all-marble Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896

March 20, 2020

Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou dressed as an ancient Greek high priestess hands over the Olympic torch to the Hellenic Olympic Committee President Spyros Capralos during the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, in Athens. The ceremony was held behind closed doors and with the presence of few members of the media because of fears over the new coronavirus.

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Katerina Stefanidi, Greek Olympic Champion in pole vault, holds the Olympic torch during the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, in Athens.

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Lefteris Petrounias, Greek Olympic Champion in artistic gymnastics runs with the Olympic torch during the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, in Athens.

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Hellenic Olympic Committee President Spyros Capralos, left, gives the Olympic torch to the former Japanese swimmer Imoto Naoko during the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, in Athens.

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Former Japanese swimmer Imoto Naoko, left, holds the Olympic torch during the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, in Athens.

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Former Japanese swimmer Imoto Naoko holds the Olympic torch during the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, in Athens.

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Blue Impulse of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force fly over during Olympic Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo. The Olympic flame from Greece arrived in Japan even as the opening of the the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices suggesting the games should to be postponed or canceled because of the worldwide virus pandemic.

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A plane carrying the Olympic flame arrives before Olympic Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

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Photographers take pictures of the Olympic torch before Olympic Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori, third from left, receives the Olympic flame from three-time Olympic gold medalists Tadahiro Nomura, left, and Saori Yoshida during the Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori carries the Olympic flame during the Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori, left, is handed off the Olympic flame from three-time Olympic gold medalists Tadahiro Nomura and Saori Yoshida, right, during the Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

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Three-time Olympic gold medalists Tadahiro Nomura, right, and Saori Yoshida light the torch as Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori, left, watches during Olympic Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

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Japanese comedians Mikio Date, foreground, and Takeshi Tomizawa leave with the Olympic flame during the Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

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