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Tokyo 2020: Olympic Torch Lit Without Spectators Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

For the first time since 1984, the Olympic torch was lit at Ancient Olympia, Greece on March 12 without spectators because of the ongoing concern over coronavirus

March 13, 2020

An actress, playing the role of the priestess, holds the flame during the flame lighting ceremony at the closed Ancient Olympia site, birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece.

AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, left, playing the role of the High Priestess, holds the torch during the flame lighting ceremony at the closed Ancient Olympia site, birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece.

AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of the High Priestess, lights up the torch during the flame lighting ceremony at the closed Ancient Olympia site, birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece. Greek Olympic officials are holding a pared-down flame-lighting ceremony for the Tokyo Games due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of the High Priestess, holds up the torch during the flame lighting ceremony at the closed Ancient Olympia site, birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece.

AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, center, playing the role of the High Priestess, lights the torch of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, held by Greek shooting Olympic champion Anna Korakaki, left, the first torchbearer, during the flame lighting ceremony at the closed Ancient Olympia site, birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece. Both Wednesday's dress rehearsal and Thursday's lighting ceremony are closed to the public, while organizers have slashed the number of officials from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo Organizing Committee, as well as journalists at the flame-lighting.

AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis

Japanese Olympic marathon champion, Mizuki Noguch, the second torchbearer, holds the torch following the flame lighting ceremony at the closed Ancient Olympia site, birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece.

AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

Actresses, playing the role of priestesses, performance during the flame lighting ceremony at the closed Ancient Olympia site, birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece.

AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis

Actresses, playing the role of priestesses, performance during the flame lighting ceremony at the closed Ancient Olympia site, birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece.

AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

Greek Evzones guards stand next to Japan, Olympic and Greece flags, from left, during the flame lighting ceremony at the closed Ancient Olympia site, birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece.

AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis

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