The message of peace is a global message.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has sent a message describing the arrival of the Olympic Flame in Hiroshima as “a universal call for peace”.
Bach had originally hoped to visit Japan this week to coincide with the Torch Relay’s passage through Hiroshima, where on August 6 in 1945 an American bomber dropped the uranium bomb above the city, killing around 140,000 people.
But the state of emergency imposed in the region in response to COVID-19 led to the cancellation of Bach’s trip.
The Relay was held under rainy skies in the enclosed environment of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.