TOKYO (AP) — The five Olympic rings on a barge in Tokyo Bay were towed away for “maintenance” on Thursday and officials said they will return to greet next year’s games.
The Tokyo Olympics were postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled to open on July 23, 2021. The Paralympics follow in August.
“It’s not a permanent removal,” Masa Takaya, a spokesman for the Tokyo organizers, said this week. “It’s a temporary removal just for maintenance.”
Atsushi Yanashimizu, who works on the project for the city government, said the rings will “be reinstalled after four months of maintenance work with the hopes of bringing excitement to the games, and to convey the appeal of the city of Tokyo and the games through this symbol.”
The barge was steered out of its mooring area by small tugboats on a warm, sunny morning.