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Tokyo Olympic Games 2020

A staff holds a notice board saying "Please leave an interval to queue up" as masked spectators line up to observe the Olympic Flame burning prior to a flame display ceremony in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

A woman dressed in hakama views Tokyo's skyline Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Tokyo. Not even the Summer Olympics could withstand the force of the coronavirus. After weeks of hedging, the IOC took the unprecedented step of postponing the world's biggest sporting event, a global extravaganza that's been cemented into the calendar for more than a century.

Snow-capped Mount Fuji is seen from an observation deck Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Tokyo. Not even the Summer Olympics could withstand the force of the coronavirus. After weeks of hedging, the IOC took the unprecedented step of postponing the world's biggest sporting event, a global extravaganza that's been cemented into the calendar for more than a century.

The New National Stadium, a venue for the opening and closing ceremonies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, is seen from an observation deck Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Tokyo. Not even the Summer Olympics could withstand the force of the coronavirus. After weeks of hedging, the IOC took the unprecedented step of postponing the world's biggest sporting event, a global extravaganza that's been cemented into the calendar for more than a century.

A board informing the Olympic torch relay is removed from the City Hall in Inazawa, Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, where is a route of the relay, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The Olympic torch relay was postponed Tuesday because the Tokyo Games themselves were pushed back to 2021.

Myles Amine, a wrestler who represents San Marino in the Olympics, holds some of his awards during an interview in Brighton, Mich., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Amine is disappointed he won't be competing in Japan this summer, but he understands why the games will not go on in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Amine attends the University of Michigan and qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with a strong showing at the wrestling world championships last fall.

The Olympic rings float in the water on a barge Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in the Odaiba section of Tokyo. Not even the Summer Olympics could withstand the force of the coronavirus. After weeks of hedging, the IOC took the unprecedented step of postponing the world's biggest sporting event, a global extravaganza that's been cemented into the calendar for more than a century.

A man walks past large displays promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

Two men chat behind the Olympic rings near the New National Stadium in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

Miraitowa and Someity, mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics are seen in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

A man walks past a countdown display for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

An Olympic torch for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is on display in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

A journalist waits for the start of a news conference with the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee president Yoshiro Mori, left, and CEO Toshiro Muto attend a news conference in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee president Yoshiro Mori takes a seat at a news conference in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, arrives to speak to journalists in front of the prime minister's residence in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Abe says IOC president has agreed "100%" to proposal of postponing Olympics for about 1 year.

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a parliamentary session in Tokyo. Abe said a postponement of Tokyo Olympics would be unavoidable if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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A woman pauses for photos next to the Olympic rings near the New National Stadium in Tokyo. The IOC will take up to four weeks to consider postponing the Tokyo Olympics amid mounting criticism of its handling of the coronavirus crisis that now includes a call for delay from the leader of track and field, the biggest sport at the games.

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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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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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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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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, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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US actor Gerard Butler runs as a torchbearer during the Olympic torch relay of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in the southern Greek town of Sparta.

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US actor Gerard Butler lights an altar as a torchbearer during the Olympic torch relay of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in the southern Greek town of Sparta. Greece's Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay for the Olympic flame due to the "unexpectedly large crowd" that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

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Performers dressed as priestesses arrive for a dress rehearsal of the flame lighting ceremony outside the closed Ancient Olympia site, birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece.

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Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, the High Priestess, lights the torch of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, held by reek shooting Olympic champion Anna Korakaki, left, the first torchbearer, during the dress rehearsal of 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.

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A couple walks past a countdown clock for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympics are being threatened by the spreading coronavirus. Organizers and the International Olympic Committee have repeatedly said the games will open on July 24 as planned, with the Paralympics opening on Aug. 25.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals are unveiled during the One Year to Go Olympic ceremony in Tokyo. Gold, silver, and bronze Olympic medals were to get their first public viewing as Tokyo organizers marked exactly a year until the games open.

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IOC President Thomas Bach, right, performs mock fencing with Japanese junior high school student Yui Hashimoto during a Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 One year to Go ceremony event in Tokyo. Bach is a former Olympic fencer and won a team gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Games. Fans, sponsors and politicians celebrated the day around the Japanese capital, displaying placards and clocks showing 365 days to go until the opening ceremony on July 24, 2020.

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach holds up mascots of Olympics' Miraitowa, right, and Paralympics' Someity during his visit to an office of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic organizers, in Tokyo.

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