COVID-19: Olympics countdown switched off at Tokyo station clock

TOKYO: Passers-by in front of Tokyo Station gathered around a popular Olympics countdown clock to take pictures on Wednesday (Mar 25) as it stopped displaying the number of days until the Games after the event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics had been scheduled to kick off on Jul 24, and on Tuesday the countdown was still showing 122 days as well as the hours, minutes and seconds until the open.

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But on Wednesday the countdown had been replaced by the current date – “25-3” for Mar 25 in the days display – and the current time, after the International Olympic Committee decided to postpone the Games by one year.

The clock from sponsor Omega has been a draw for locals as well as tourists taking selfies in front of the iconic red-brick station building. 

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