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The torch is lit by a member of Japan's women's national soccer team Nadeshiko Japan during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Grand Start in Naraha, Fukushima prefecture, Japan March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool
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People wearing face masks hold Olympic flags as they wait along the route of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, on the first day of the relay in Naraha, Fukushima prefecture, Japan March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Japanese torchbearer Azusa Iwashimizu (L), a member of the Japan women's national football team, holds an Olympic Torch after passing the flame to the next torchbearer during the torch relay grand start at the J-Village National Training Centre in Naraha town, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan March 25, 2021. Philip Fong/Pool via REUTERS REFILE - CORRECTING LOCATION
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People wearing samurai costumes from Soma Nomaoi Festival attend the opening of a ceremony welcoming before the arrival of the torch bearer at Hibarigahara Festival Site, during the last leg of the first day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay, in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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A horseman, wearing medieval samurai armours from Soma Nomaoi Festival, attends the opening of a ceremony welcoming before the arrival of the torch bearer at Hibarigahara Festival Site, during the last leg of the first day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay, in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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People wearing face masks wait along the route of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, on the first day of the relay in Naraha, Fukushima prefecture, Japan March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Yoshihide Muroya, Japanese aerobatics pilot and race pilot of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, reacts as he carries the Olympic torch at Hibarigahara Festival Site, during the last leg of the first day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay, in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Spectators attend a ceremony welcoming at Hibarigahara Festival Site during the last leg of the first day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay, in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Yoshihide Muroya, Japanese aerobatics pilot and race pilot of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, reacts as he carries the Olympic torch at Hibarigahara Festival Site, during the last leg of the first day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay, in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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People attend a ceremony welcoming at Hibarigahara Festival Site during the last leg of the first day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay, in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Japanese torchbearer Azusa Iwashimizu, a member of the Japan women's national football team, carries an Olympic Torch as a guard holds a sign for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) precautions during the torch relay grand start at the J-Village National Training Centre in Naraha town, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan March 25, 2021. Philip Fong/Pool via REUTERS REFILE - CORRECTING LOCATION
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Spectators attend the opening of a ceremony welcoming before the arrival of the torch bearer at Hibarigahara Festival Site, during the last leg of the first day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay, in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Actor Satomi Ishihara and Paralympian Aki Taguchi light the celebration cauldron on the first day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay in Naraha, Fukushima prefecture, Japan March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool REFILE - CORRECTING NAME
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Japanese torchbearer Azusa Iwashimizu, a member of the Japan women's national football team, carries a torch during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Grand Start at the J-Village National Training Centre in Naraha town, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan March 25, 2021. Philip Fong/Pool via REUTERS REFILE - CORRECTING LOCATION
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A spectator reacts at Hibarigahara Festival Site during the last leg of the first day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay, in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Japanese torchbearer Azusa Iwashimizu (R), a member of the Japan women's national football team, passes the Olympic flame to high school student Asato Owada at a torch "kiss point" during the torch relay grand start at the J-Village National Training Centre in Naraha town, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 25, 2021. Philip Fong/Pool via REUTERS REFILE - CORRECTING LOCATION
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A man wearing a protective mask and samurai costume from Soma Nomaoi Festival attends the opening of a ceremony welcoming before the arrival of the torch bearer at Hibarigahara Festival Site, during the last leg of the first day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay, in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Horsemen, wearing medieval samurai armours from Soma Nomaoi Festival, attend the opening of a ceremony welcoming before the arrival of the torch bearer at Hibarigahara Festival Site, during the last leg of the first day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay, in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Updated 25 March 2021

Olympic torch relay kicks off under shadow of COVID

The Olympic torch relay begins, kicking off a four-month countdown to the delayed summer Games in Tokyo.