Topics : The Olympic flame will go on display at a Tokyo museum in September, organizers said Monday, after the coronavirus pandemic forced them to scrap the torch relay and put the Games on hold.The flame, which arrived in Japan for the nationwide relay in March, will be available for public viewing from September 1 to November 1 at Tokyo’s Olympic museum, officials said.The symbolic flame, lit in an elaborate ceremony at the ancient Greek site of Olympia, has been mired in uncertainty since the historic decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Games by a year. But just after one week, it was removed from public view as coronavirus cases climbed in the country.The flame is destined to light the Olympic cauldron when the delayed Games open on July 23, 2021. However, top officials have spoken openly about the possibility of cancelling them altogether as the pandemic continues to rage. It has had a troubled journey so far, after even the lighting ceremony was held without spectators to avoid the spread of the virus.The Greek leg of the torch relay was then cancelled when large crowds mobbed Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit a cauldron in the town of Sparta.The flame arrived to a muted welcome ceremony in northern Japan with a few dozen officials and guests, after plans to invite 200 schoolchildren were abandoned.When the torch relay was axed, the flame was put on display in Fukushima prefecture — an area devastated by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear meltdown.
Professional Boxer Damir Beljo won the title intercontinental world champion last night in the heavyweight category in the WBF version.The Mostar-raised boxer defeated Romanian Vasile Dragomir after the second round. In a dynamic and open match, the Romanian went on the attack, to which Beljo responded and sent his opponent to the floor three times by the end of the second round. Since Dragomir was not in the condition to continue with the third round, the match was declared over and Beljo became the new intercontinental world champion.(Source: klix.ba)
Statement from Brian Hanft, Director of Public Health:3/20/2020“Iowa now has a total of 44 positive cases of COVID-19, IDPH announced 3/19/2020. 642 negative tests have been conducted at the State Hygienic Lab. Those who need testing include those who have a fever, and respiratory issues that are hospitalized, 60 years of age or older, and those with chronic conditions. Resources are limited, therefore we have to be mindful of who were testing. Dr. Pedati from Iowa Department of Public Health explained yesterday testing is done because it prompts an action. There is not a medicine or vaccine for COVID-19 at this time. Right now if you have mild symptoms and test positive for COVID-19, you go home, rest, drink fluids, monitor symptoms and stay away from others. If you have mild symptoms and test negative, you go home, rest, drink fluids, monitor symptoms and stay away from others. If resources change, the testing criteria may adjust, but until then, the most effective thing you can do for yourself and your community is to stay home when sick.”