Changes to Olympic Torch Relay format in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture

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Given the current situation of COVID-19 in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, the Iwate prefectural task force requested Tokyo 2020 not to stage the Olympic Torch Relay on public roads and to hold Celebration events without spectators. As such, Tokyo 2020 will implement an alternative lighting ceremony format whereby each torchbearer will pass the Olympic flame to the next torchbearer at a “torch kiss” point at the Celebration venues as follows:

Day 3 Morioka City - Friday 18 June
Venue: Morioka Hachimangu Shrine
Time: 19:30-20:00 (TBC)

For further details, please visit: Iwate Prefecture Official Site (Japanese Only).