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Olympic torch relay in Greece suspended because of virus

Olympic flag / Source: International Olympic Committee
Olympic flag / Source: International Olympic Committee
Published: Mar. 13, 2020 at 10:12 AM CDT
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The Greek Olympic committee has suspended the rest of its torch relay because of the "unexpectedly large crowd" that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away from the spread of the coronavirus.

The committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.