© IOCOlympic Games News
Date : 02 Jun 2019
Tokyo, Japan, June 2, 2019: Fukushima will be the starting point for the Olympic Torch Relay according to the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee which also announced that applications to become one of around 10,000 torchbearers will open this month.
The Olympic Torch Relay will commence in Fukushima which was struck by an earthquake and a tsunami in 2011, and the route will take in World Heritage Sites such as Mount Fuji and Itsukushima Shrine.
The Flame will be taken all over Japan in 121 days culminating in the Olympic Games starting July 24, 2020. It will travel to all 47 prefectures in Japan, with the Organising Committee saying around 98 per cent of Japan’s population live within one hour’s travel of the proposed route
Applications to become a torchbearer, meanwhile, will be open to people from a wide range ages and abilities residing both in Japan and abroad.
In line with the relay’s vision of ‘Hope Lights Our Way’, preference will be given to those who: provide essential, daily support for family, friends and colleagues or who have overcome great adversity; those who are accepting of different backgrounds and who have led initiatives to welcome newcomers into their local community; and people who have generated a sense of togetherness in their community.
Applicants must be born before April 1, 2008; the consent of a parent or guardian will be required for those who will be aged 17 or under on March 1, 2020. Members of the public can submit up to five applications via the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners and/or through any local prefecture where they have a personal or family connection.
The Presenting Partners are Coca-Cola Japan, Toyota, Nippon Life and NTT Communications. Coca-Cola Japan will start accepting applications from June 17 while the other three will begin accepting applications from June 24. Each of the 47 prefectures in Japan that are collaborating with Tokyo 2020 will accept applications from July 1.
Announcement of the successful applications will be made after December, 2019.
Meanwhile the design of the uniform to be worn by torchbearers was also launched on Saturday. The uniform is made partly from recycled plastic bottles and the design incorporates elements of Japanese tradition based on the concept of ‘Hope Lights Our Way’.
Any personal data submitted will not be used for any direct marketing or unsolicited follow-up.