Tokyo Olympics organisers announced today that test events for skateboarding and shooting have been postponed until May due to the impact on scheduling from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shooting, initially scheduled for 26-30 April, has been pushed back to 17-21 May and skateboarding was moved to 13-14 May from the original 28-29 April dates.

However, the Olympic torch relay will begin on 25 March from the J-Village training centre in Fukushima, as planned, setting into motion the build-up towards the opening of the Games four months later.

The Grand Start ceremony and first section of the relay on day 1 will not be open to the public as organisers reduce the number of participants and simplify the programme to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, organisers said in a statement.

Tokyo 2020 "is committed to ensuring the safety and security of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch relay by taking countermeasures to prevent the spread of any infections among spectators, torchbearers, staff, and other relay participants, as well as local residents," the statement said.

The torch relay has long been planned to start on 25 but is nevertheless a major milestone after the Games were postponed last year and following speculation over whether they should be delayed again or even cancelled due to the pandemic.

Tokyo organisers have also said they want to decide before the start of the relay whether to allow foreign spectators into the country amid fears of a resurgence in coronavirus infections.

Members of the Japanese women's national soccer team will use the Olympic Flame to light the torch to officially kick off the relay from J-Village.

The facility was chosen as the starting point of the 121-day relay because it is a symbol of Japan's reconstruction following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The Olympics will be held from 23 July to 8 August and the Paralympics from 24 August to 5 September.