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Olympic flame lit before limited crowd

Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of High Priestess, takes the flame from the parabolic mirror during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in Olympia, Greece. 
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Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of High Priestess, takes the flame from the parabolic mirror during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in Olympia, Greece. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of High Priestess, takes the flame from the parabolic mirror during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in Olympia, Greece. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Japanese former marathon runner Noguchi Mizuki and president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee Toshiaki Endo pose for a picture following the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in Olympia, Greece.      REUTERS/Costas Baltas

Japanese former marathon runner Noguchi Mizuki and president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee Toshiaki Endo pose for a picture following the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in Olympia, Greece. ...more

Japanese former marathon runner Noguchi Mizuki and president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee Toshiaki Endo pose for a picture following the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in Olympia, Greece. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch relay got under way on Thursday when the flame was lit by the rays of the sun in ancient Olympia in a scaled-down ceremony overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic.


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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch relay got under way on Thursday when the flame was lit by the rays of the sun in ancient Olympia in a scaled-down ceremony overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch relay got under way on Thursday when the flame was lit by the rays of the sun in ancient Olympia in a scaled-down ceremony overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Tokyo Games organizers as well as the International Olympic Committe have insisted the Games will go ahead as planned on July 24 - Aug. 9, amid mounting speculation that they could be canceled or postponed as the virus spreads rapidly across the globe.  


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Tokyo Games organizers as well as the International Olympic Committe have insisted the Games will go ahead as planned on July 24 - Aug. 9, amid mounting speculation that they could be canceled or postponed as the virus spreads rapidly across the...more

Tokyo Games organizers as well as the International Olympic Committe have insisted the Games will go ahead as planned on July 24 - Aug. 9, amid mounting speculation that they could be canceled or postponed as the virus spreads rapidly across the globe. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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The ceremony was the first since 1984 to be held without spectators on the grassy slopes of the stadium, and only a few dozen accredited officials were allowed to watch the lighting at the nearby Temple of Hera.  

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The ceremony was the first since 1984 to be held without spectators on the grassy slopes of the stadium, and only a few dozen accredited officials were allowed to watch the lighting at the nearby Temple of Hera. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

The ceremony was the first since 1984 to be held without spectators on the grassy slopes of the stadium, and only a few dozen accredited officials were allowed to watch the lighting at the nearby Temple of Hera. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
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Japanese former marathon runner Noguchi Mizuki and president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee Toshiaki Endo pose for a picture following the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.    REUTERS/Costas Baltas

Japanese former marathon runner Noguchi Mizuki and president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee Toshiaki Endo pose for a picture following the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

Japanese former marathon runner Noguchi Mizuki and president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee Toshiaki Endo pose for a picture following the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
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Actresses perform during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in ancient Olympia.    REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Actresses perform during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in ancient Olympia. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Actresses perform during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in ancient Olympia. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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The flag of Japan, the Olympic flag and the flag of Greece during the cermony.  REUTERS/Costas Baltas

The flag of Japan, the Olympic flag and the flag of Greece during the cermony. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

The flag of Japan, the Olympic flag and the flag of Greece during the cermony. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
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Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of High Priestess during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.   REUTERS/Costas Baltas

Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of High Priestess during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of High Priestess during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
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Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of High Priestess, during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.   REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of High Priestess, during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of High Priestess, during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Olympics officials during the opening of the Olympic flame torch relay for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.    REUTERS/Costas Baltas

Olympics officials during the opening of the Olympic flame torch relay for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

Olympics officials during the opening of the Olympic flame torch relay for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
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A priestess holds the flame during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.    REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A priestess holds the flame during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A priestess holds the flame during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of High Priestess, holds the torch aloft after lighting the flame during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.  REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of High Priestess, holds the torch aloft after lighting the flame during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of High Priestess, holds the torch aloft after lighting the flame during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Actresses perform during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.   REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Actresses perform during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Actresses perform during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A general view of the Tokyo 2020 logo on the torch during the opening of the Olympic flame torch relay for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.   REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A general view of the Tokyo 2020 logo on the torch during the opening of the Olympic flame torch relay for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A general view of the Tokyo 2020 logo on the torch during the opening of the Olympic flame torch relay for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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First torchbearer, Greek shooting athlete Anna Korakaki, carries the Olympic flame and the olive branch during the opening of the Olympic flame torch relay for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.   REUTERS/Costas Baltas

First torchbearer, Greek shooting athlete Anna Korakaki, carries the Olympic flame and the olive branch during the opening of the Olympic flame torch relay for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

First torchbearer, Greek shooting athlete Anna Korakaki, carries the Olympic flame and the olive branch during the opening of the Olympic flame torch relay for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
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