Note: If you wish to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay outside of the Tokyo Metropolitan Area please contact the Task Force for the prefecture in question.
The Olympic flame is seen as a symbol of peace and hope. For the host nation, the Olympic flame, lit by the rays of the sun in ancient Olympia, Greece, is one of the most powerful symbols of the Olympic Movement, and will be carried around the nation by a relay of torchbearers (TBs). The concept for the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay is “Hope Lights Our Way.” As it unites the people around a message of supporting, accepting and encouraging one another, the Olympic flame will symbolize the sunrise of a new era, spreading the hope that will light our way.
The Torch Relay will begin with the flame lighting ceremony in Greece. The Olympic flame will then be transported to Japan, where prior to the Relay itself, it will be specially displayed in three prefectures in the Tohoku region, symbolizing a Flame of Recovery for areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. After that, the Torch Relay will begin, as the Olympic flame is carried across Japan.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic TBs will be selected either through public offering or recommendations by the Prefecture Task Forces (PTFs), Olympic Torch Relay partners and others, in accordance with the concept of the Torch Relay, “Hope Lights Our Way,” and will play a role in spreading this message to a wide audience.
Approximately a total of about 10,000 TBs are expected to participate.