No viewers. Without reporters
A ceremony of lighting a sacred fire for the Games in Tokyo took place today in Ancient Olympia.
The ceremony turned out to be solemn, but sad at the same time. A high group of officials, including Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, head of the International Olympic Committee, watched how the high priestess (her role was played by actress Xanthi Georgiou), surrounded by dancers, using a parabolic mirror to fire on the ruins of the temple of Hera Thomas Bach, as well as the famous judoka Yasuhiro Yamashita, who heads the NOC of Japan, and their few retinues. There were no representatives of the press, nor ordinary sports fans. Sensations, frankly, joyless.
The ceremony, you guessed it, was the victim of a coronavirus. The Olympic torch relay (no one knows if she will eventually arrive in Tokyo or will be stopped halfway) and the Tokyo Games themselves can become the same victims of the pandemic. The rumors that the Olympics are likely to have to be postponed to 2021 or even 2022 are getting louder. Although the Japanese authorities are trying to stop these conversations with all their might: the postponement or even cancellation of the Games promises huge losses to the country. About 75 billion dollars.
So we will rejoice already that the baton of fire has started. At the first stage, the Olympic champion 2016 in shooting Anna Korakaki carried the torch.
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