New Schedule For The Torch Relay Of
The Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games
The Olympic torch relay will begin its journey on March 25, 2021 from the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushinma Prefecture, then traverse all 47 of Japan’s prefectures over a 121-day period.
In principle, the route and timing of the relay will remain as originally planned.
As 2021 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, the reprogrammed Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay will aim to show the recovery of the areas most affected by the disaster, in line with the relay concept of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch from “Hope Lights our way”.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will also symbolize the light at the end of the current dark tunnel; a beacon of hope for the world in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Games, a symbol in itself of humanity’s endurance, unity and solidarity.
The torch will arrive in Tokyo on July 9 in time for the flame to ignite the cauldron in the Olympic Stadium at the Opening Ceremony of the Games on July 23.
As part of the simplification efforts for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, after the one-year delay due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Relay Grand Start and other ceremonies will be reduced, as will the number of operational personnel.
The COVID-19 countermeasures for the Relay will be announced at a later date, after full consultation with experts and public health authorities.
Those previously confirmed as Olympic torch bearers will be given preference to race in next year’s Relay, Tokyo 2020 organizers said. About 10,000 torchbearers are expected to participate.