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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Emblem.svg
Host cityTokyo, Japan
Countries visitedGreece, Japan
Distance20,000 kilometres (12,000 mi)
ThemeHope Lights Our Way
Start date12 March 2020 (2020-03-12)
End date23 July 2021 (2021-07-23)

The 2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is scheduled to run from 12 March 2020 until 23 July 2021. After being lit in Olympia, Greece, the torch was handed over to the Olympic shooting champion Anna Korakaki, who became the first woman to be first Olympic torchbearer[1] and it has been travelled to Athens on 19 March. The Japanese leg will begin in Fukushima,[2] and will end in Tokyo's New National Stadium, the main venue of the 2020 Olympics. It will make a tour of Japanese cities, including all 47 prefectural capitals.[3] The torch is even scheduled to go to two remote island groups which are part of Tokyo.[4] The end of the relay will be the finale of the 2020 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. Toyota, NTT, JXTG, Nippon Life, JAL, ANA and Japan Post Holdings are the presenting partners of the relay with the slogan being "Hope Lights Our Way".[5][6]

The torch relay is subject to change due to the ongoing 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. The planned relay leg through Greece was cancelled, and both the lighting ceremony in Olympia and the handover ceremony in Athens had no public attendance. The torch was kept in Iwaki on 25 March 2020 following the postponement before moving to Tokyo for exhibition until the rest of the relay will be resumed on 25 March 2021.[7][8]

Torches

The Olympic torch was designed by Tokujin Yoshioka and unveiled 19 March 2019; the design is inspired by cherry blossoms, with 5 petal-shaped columns around the tip of the torch, and a rose-gold "sakura gold" color finish. Their construction will incorporate aluminium recycled from unused shelters deployed in the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[9][10]

Route in Greece

The traditional lighting ceremony was held on 12 March at Olympia, Greece, and the torch was handed over to the first torchbearer, Anna Korakaki. Due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, it was the first lighting ceremony since 1984 to be held without spectators.[11] The handover ceremony was held at Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on 19 March.[12] The torch was to visit 31 cities and 15 landmarks across Greece,[13][14][15] but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was cancelled.[16] On 13 March, a small ceremony was held in Sparta.[17]

Special display

As the damage from the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami mostly affected three prefectures, Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima, a special torch display known as "Flame of Recovery" will be held in these three prefectures. The flame first arrived at Matsushima Air Field before being displayed at the locations below.[18]

Following after the postponement, the Olympic Torch was kept in Iwaki.

Route in Japan

These are the rescheduled relay dates in 2021 from the original 2020 schedule:

Prefecture Route Map
Fukushima
Tochigi
Gunma
Nagano
Gifu
Aichi
Mie
Wakayama
Nara
Osaka
Tokushima
Kagawa
Kōchi
Ehime
Ōita
Miyazaki
Kagoshima
Okinawa
Kumamoto
Nagasaki
Saga
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Saga Prefecture
Fukuoka
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Fukuoka Prefecture
Yamaguchi
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Yamaguchi Prefecture
Shimane
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Shimane Prefecture
Hiroshima
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Hiroshima Prefecture
Okayama
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Okayama Prefecture
Tottori
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Tottori Prefecture
Hyōgo
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Hyogo Prefecture
Kyoto
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Kyoto Prefecture
Shiga
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Shiga Prefecture
Fukui
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Fukui Prefecture
Ishikawa
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Ishikawa Prefecture
Toyama
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Toyama Prefecture
Niigata
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Niigata Prefecture
Yamagata
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Yamagata Prefecture
Akita
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Akita Prefecture
Aomori
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Aomori Prefecture
Hokkaido
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Hokkaido
Iwate
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Iwate Prefecture
Miyagi
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Miyagi Prefecture
Shizuoka
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Shizuoka Prefecture
Yamanashi
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Yamanashi Prefecture
Kanagawa
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Kanagawa Prefecture
Chiba
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Chiba Prefecture
Ibaraki
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Ibaraki Prefecture
Saitama
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Saitama Prefecture

Tokyo metropolitan leg

2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Tokyo
9 July (day 100)
01. Setagaya
02. Komae
03. Inagi
04. Machida
10 July (day 101)
05. Tama
06. Hino
07. Akishima
08. Hachiōji
11 July (day 102)
09. Hinohara
010. Okutama
011. Hinode
012. Ōme
012. Mizuho
12 July (day 103)
013. Hamura
014. Akiruno
015. Fussa
016. Musashimurayama
017. Tachikawa
13 July (day 104)
018. Kunitachi
019. Kokubunji
020. Kodaira
021. Higashiyamato
022. Higashimurayama
14 July (day 105)
023. Kiyose
024. Higashikurume
025. Nishitōkyō
026. Koganei
027. Fuchū
15 July (day 106)
028. Chōfu
029. Miyake
030. Kōzushima
031. Niijima (Nii-jima and Shikine-jima)
032. To-shima
033. Ōshima
16 July (day 107)
034. Mikurajima
035. Hachijō
036. Aogashima
037. Ogasawara (Chichijima and Hahajima)
038. Mitaka
039. Musashino
17 July (day 108)
040. Suginami
041. Nakano
042. Nerima
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is located in Tokyo
18 July (day 109)
043. Toshima
044. Itabashi
045. Kita
046. Adachi
19 July (day 110)
047. Katsushika
048. Edogawa
049. Sumida
050. Arakawa
20 July (day 111)
051. Taitō
052. Bunkyō
053. Chiyoda
054. Chūō
21 July (day 112)
055. Kōtō
056. Ōta
057. Shinagawa
22 July (day 113)
058. Meguro
059. Shibuya
060. Minato
23 July (day 114)
060. Shinjuku
061. New National Stadium

End of torch relay

At the 2020 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, the relay will end with the lighting of the cauldron at the New National Stadium. In December 2018, organizers announced that, similar to what happened at the 2016 Summer Olympics, two cauldrons will be built: one inside the Olympic Stadium and another on the waterfront, near the Dream Bridge. The function of the stadium cauldron will be merely scenographic, to go according to what is established in the Olympic Charter. The Dream Bridge cauldron will be the place where the flame will burn during the 16 days of the Games. It will be lighted right after the end of opening ceremony and will be extinguished a few moments before the closing ceremony starts, when the flame will return to the scenographic cauldron inside the stadium and will be burned for its last few moments. The decision to use a public cauldron came from the fact that it would not be possible to maintain the flame burning inside the stadium during the games.[19]

References

  1. ^ "Anna Korakaki chosen to be the first torchbearer of the Tokyo 2020 Torch relay - Olympic News". International Olympic Committee. 8 February 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  2. ^ Osumi, Magdalena (12 July 2018). "Torch relay for 2020 Summer Games to start in Fukushima Prefecture". Retrieved 31 December 2018 – via Japan Times Online.
  3. ^ "2020 Tokyo Olympic torch relay to tour all 47 prefectures of Japan starting from Fukushima". Soranews24.com. 14 July 2018. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  4. ^ Palmer, Dan (19 December 2018). "Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay to visit remote island groups". inside the games. insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  5. ^ Palmer, Dan (30 November 2018). "Toyota become presenting partner of Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay". inside the game.
  6. ^ Palmer, Dan (10 April 2018). "Tokyo 2020 unveil "Hope Lights Our Way" slogan for Torch Relay". inside the games.
  7. ^ "Olympic torch relay through Greece cancelled due to coronavirus". usatoday.com. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Olympic flame to be exhibited in Fukushima, Tokyo". NHK News. 28 March 2020. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  9. ^ Gillen, Nancy (4 January 2019). "Recycled aluminium from temporary housing in Fukushima to be used for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torches". insidethegames.biz.
  10. ^ "Tokyo Paralympic Games get a cherry blossom torch with new color and braille text". The Japan Times Online. 25 March 2019. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Tokyo 2020 torch lit behind closed doors in ancient Olympia". Reuters. 12 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Olympic flame leaves for Japan amid coronavirus fears". Kyodo News. 19 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Olympics: Tokyo Games flame to pass historic landmarks in Greece". Kyodo News. 24 February 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  14. ^ Kampouris, Nick (25 February 2020). "Tokyo 2020: Details of Olympic Flame Ceremonies in Greece Revealed". Greek Reporter. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Αρχισε το ταξίδι της Ολυμπιακής Φλόγας". hoc.gr. 12 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Olympic torch relay in Greece suspended due to virus fears". Kyodo News. 14 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  17. ^ El-Mahmoud, Sarah (13 March 2020). "Watch Gerard Butler Go Full On 300 In Sparta". CINEMABLEND. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  18. ^ "Olympics: Tokyo 2020 torch relay may include Fukushima reactor town". The Mainichi. mainichi.jp. 28 May 2019. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  19. ^ Rowbottom, Mike (18 December 2018). "Tokyo 2020 confirms it will use Olympic flame cauldrons in stadium and on the waterfront". inside the games.

External links

External video
Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony Tokyo 2020 on YouTube
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