The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will begin its journey on March 25, 2021 from the J-Village National Training Centre in Fukushima Prefecture after which traverse all 47 prefectures throughout Japan over a interval of 121 days, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has introduced.
Originally scheduled to be held from July 24 to August 9 this 12 months, the Tokyo Olympics was in March postponed to 2021 due to the outbreak of coronavirus. It is now set to be held from July 23 to August eight subsequent 12 months.
The torch will attain Tokyo on July 9 in time for the flame to gentle the cauldron in the Olympic Stadium on the opening ceremony of the Games on July 23. In precept, the route and the schedule of the relay will stay as initially deliberate, the IOC additional stated.
Those beforehand confirmed as Olympic torchbearers can be given choice to run in subsequent 12 months’s Relay, the Tokyo 2020 organisers have stated. Around 10,000 torchbearers are set to participate in the occasion.
IOC additionally stated that as 2021 will mark the 10th anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay will goal to showcase the restoration of the areas worst affected by the catastrophe, in line with the relay idea of ‘Hope Lights Our Way’.
In wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it should moreover symbolise the sunshine on the finish of the present darkish tunnel; a beacon of hope for the world in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Games, themselves an emblem of the resilience, unity and solidarity of humankind, it added.