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Flame in Japan; How long until news if Olympics will open?

Giant questions remain about bringing 11,000 athletes from 200 countries together in four months.
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People wearing masks walk past the Olympic rings near the New National Stadium in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The Tokyo Olympics are being threatened by a fast-spreading virus that has shut down most schools, sports competitions and Olympic-related events in Japan. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

TOKYO, Japan — The Tokyo Olympics have reached a critical phase. The torch relay begins in a few days from Fukushima prefecture in northeastern Japan.

Organizers are asking fans to attend but be restrained along the roadside for fear of spreading the coronavirus. Japanese organizers and IOC President Thomas Bach say the games will open on July 24 at the $1.43 billion national stadium in central Tokyo.

But now there's push back from athletes and former Olympians who are complaining: they can't train, qualifying events have been cancelled, and the chaos is sure to favor some over others.

Giant questions remain about bringing 11,000 athletes from 200 countries together in four months.

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