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Tokyo Olympics not to observe moment of silence for A-bomb victims - KYODO NEWS

the atomic bombing of Hiroshima

Athletes and officials participating in the Tokyo Olympics will not be asked to observe a moment of silence on the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the games organizing committee said Sunday.

The Hiroshima city government and an advocacy group for "hibakusha," or survivors of the 1945 attack by the United States, had called on the International Olympic Committee to organize a moment of remembrance at 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 6, the exact time the bomb dropped.

According to the IOC, the closing ceremony on Aug. 8 will include a segment looking back on tragic events in history and lives lost.

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