Date : 13 Jul 2018
Tokyo, Japan, July 12, 2018: Tokyo 2020 organisers have announced that the Torch Relay for the Olympic Games will begin in Fukushima before travelling through all 47 prefectures across the country. Fukushima was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 and Games organisers have worked to make sure the local population can benefit directly from the Games, with the Torch Relay and some sports events taking place in the region.
The news was announced during a three-day visit of the IOC Coordination Commission to Tokyo. The IOC was also impressed by the significant advances that the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has made towards hosting the Olympic Games in 2020.
“The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has presented considerable progress since our previous Coordination Commission visit last year, especially as it relates to venue and operational readiness,” said IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates.
“As we near the two-years-to-go mark, the Games are really coming to life. The Olympic Torch Relay will show the power of sport, as it will begin in Fukushima, which was affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
“Tokyo 2020 will also welcome media and National Olympic Committees later this year and host its first Test Event in September, while fans can also expect announcements around mascots, tickets, the session schedule and volunteering all in the next few months.”
Venue preparation was a core topic throughout the three-day visit, with the Coordination Commission kicking off the first day with a tour of Tokyo Stadium, Musashino Forest Sport Plaza and Equestrian Park.
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