News : Nahomi Kawasumi: Japan’s soccer World Cup heroine foregoes an Olympic torch relay


News : Nahomi Kawasumi: Japan’s soccer World Cup heroine foregoes an Olympic torch relay

The Japanese professional soccer player Nahomi Kawasumi has canceled her participation in the Olympic torch relay before the postponed summer games in Tokyo (July 23 to August 8). The 2011 world champion, who plays in the US professional league NWSL at Sky Blue FC, justified her decision with corona concerns.

“The infection problem is still not resolved, and then there’s the fact that I live in the United States, so I made that decision,” wrote Kawasumi on Twitter. »I pray for the health of everyone (…). The difficult days go on, but let’s all stick together. ”The 35-year-old had already announced that she would not do it the previous year at the original date, referring to the pandemic.

Fans can line the route of the torch relay

Members of the Japanese national team, which sensationally won the World Cup title in Germany in 2011, are to light the torch at the start of the nationwide run on March 25th in Fukushima. On Monday, the organizing committee announced that no spectators would be allowed to attend the start ceremony. Originally, the organizers had planned to start the event with 3000 spectators.

Fans are allowed to line the route of the torch relay, but the organizers warned that “individual sections of the relay can be interrupted if there is a risk of overcrowding.” Before the start of the torch relay, a decision is expected as to whether spectators from abroad can come to the games in Japan.

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