Meanwhile in … Ritto: Yutaka Take runs the Olympic torch relay

Horse Racing Yutaka Take carried Olympic torch
Yutaka Take: carried the Olympic flame in Ritto City

Japan: Legendary jockey Yutaka Take fulfilled “a great honour” when he ran a leg of the torch relay for the forthcoming delayed 2021 Olympics in Japan.

Take carried the torch in Ritto, a city in Shiga Prefecture, watched by around 200 spectators, as it continued its route to the capital for the Games which will start on July 23.

“I wanted to ride a horse if possible,” the 52-year-old joked. “It’s a great honour and I was nervous, but I was happy. Many people have worked hard to make this a success. I’m honoured to be involved in that.”

Take is not the only rider selected for the ceremony – Japan’s top female rider Nanako Fujita has also agreed to be a torchbearer.

Fujita, 23, will carry the Olympic flame during its passage from the cities of Kiyose to Fuchu, running a leg in Fuchu City as it proceeds to Tokyo racecourse on July 14.

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