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    The world's oldest person, a 118-year-old Japanese woman, has decided not to take part in the torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics over Covid fears

    The world's oldest person, a 118-year-old Japanese woman, has decided not to take part in the torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics over Covid fears


    Kane Tanaka was slated to be one of the relay participants in Fukuoka in southern Japan, which will start on May 11.

    While Tanaka's family was to push her in a wheelchair for most of her 100 metre or so leg, she was said to be determined to walk the final few steps before passing the torch to the next runner.

    However, Covid concerns will prevent Tanaka's involvement as she and her family were concerned about spreading the virus at the nursing home.

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