Tokyo 2021

Olympics and Paralympics will go ahead, says Japan's PM amid rising infections

The Olympics are due to begin on 23 July with the Paralympics following a month later from 24 August.

Cases have surged in Japan in recent days with Tokyo reporting over 1,000 daily infections for the first time.

But prime minister Yoshihide Suga said the "Games will be held this summer" and be "safe and secure".

Japan is responding to cases of the new variant of coronavirus first found in the UK, with Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike warning the number of infections could "explode".

Tokyo 2020 Torches start eight-month tour of host city

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Games were pushed back to the 2021, with the Olympics scheduled for July 23 to August 8 and the Paralympics from August 24 to September 5.

On the first day of the tour, the Torches were put on public display at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. 

They will now visit all 62 of Tokyo's cities and ward towns before concluding their journey on July 3.

The Torches can be viewed up close by the public, but people will not be allowed to touch them like there were previously.