Shortly after the ‘300’ star made his look in Greece, the Greek Olympic Committee pronounces that the remainder of the torch relay will probably be suspended because of an sudden prove of enormous crowd.
The “300” star, who portrayed Spartan chief King Leonidas within the 2006 motion movie, joined within the conventional ceremony main as much as the 2020 Summer season Olympics, to be held in Tokyo, Japan, by carrying the beacon from Mystras to Sparta.
Butler was cheered on by a bunch of followers as he arrived on the occasion in Sparta, which was lined by a crowd of photographers and reporters – with nobody in attendance showing to heed medical recommendation about social distancing from World Well being Group officers.
Quoting his well-known film line as he addressed the gathering, Butler, who donned a crimson and white Tokyo 2020 shirt, mentioned, “The land of legends, this is Sparta! Thank you, and may God bless this great city for eternity.”
Nonetheless, shortly after Butler’s look, executives from the Greek Olympic Committee introduced the suspension of the remainder of the torch relay, blaming the “unexpectedly large crowd” which had turned out for Friday’s occasion, regardless of organizers urging members of the general public to remain away to keep away from the unfold of COVID-19.
The relay had kicked off in Historical Olympia on Thursday, and though it’s going to not proceed on Greek soil, the Olympic Flame will nonetheless be handed over to representatives from the Tokyo organizing committee in Athens on 19 March, earlier than making its strategy to the Japanese capital in July – if the sporting extravaganza goes forward as deliberate.
The coronavirus chaos has already prompted sports activities bosses around the globe to place video games on hiatus, together with officers behind America’s Nationwide Basketball Affiliation, Nationwide Hockey League, Main League Baseball and Main League Soccer, in addition to England’s Premier League, whereas golf championship The Masters Event and Method One’s Australian Grand Prix have been additionally postponed on Friday.