This isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened, though.
The list of things that have gone smoothly in the unfortunately long runup to the Tokyo Olympics has been depressingly short. Even the Olympic Torch relay, a standard feel-good moment for the Games, has faced difficulty and controversy, with one prefectural governor saying he didn’t want the torch carried through his prefecture and one high-profile runner dropping out of the festivities.
But on Thursday, the relay finally got underway, with a starting ceremony held in Fukushima Prefecture and members of Japan’s championship women’s soccer team being the first to carry the flame on its months-long parade around the country. However, it didn’t take long before fans watching from beside the route or on TV saw what many took as yet another bad sign for the Tokyo Olympics, as the torch suddenly went out while a runner