Today in Ancient Olympia took place the ceremony of lighting the sacred fire for the Games in Tokyo.
The ceremony turned out, though solemn, but sad at the same time. How the high priestess (her role this time is played by the actress Xanthi George), surrounded by dancers, with the help of a parabolic mirror lights the fire in the ruins of the temple of Hera, watched a small group of officials, including the President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the head of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach, as well as the famous judoka Yasuhiro Yamashita, who heads the national Olympic Committee of Japan, and their small entourage. There was neither media representatives nor simple, sports fans. Feeling, to be honest, bleak.
The ceremony, as you may have guessed, was the victim of coronavirus. The same victims of the pandemic can become Olympic torch relay (no one knows it will come eventually in Tokyo or is stopped halfway), and the Tokyo Games. Louder rumors that the Olympics, it is likely to move in 2021 or even 2022 year. Although the Japanese authorities have these conversations all the forces trying to stop: the postponement or even the cancellation of Games promise the country huge losses. About 75 billion dollars.
So we rejoice in the fact that the torch relay started. At the first stage of the torch carried by Olympic champion in 2016 in the shooting Anna Arakaki.journalistsspectatorswithout