Application Instructions / Application

Public Offering of Tokyo 2020 Olympic TBs: Overview

The Tokyo Metropolitan Task Force will conduct a public offering, as noted below, for TBs to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay as it traverses the Tokyo Metropolitan Area.

  • Recruiting Period
    July 1 (Mon.) - August 31 (Sat.) 2019
  • Recruiting Entity
    The Tokyo Metropolitan Task Force
  • Number Being

    165 (Multiple torchbearers will be chosen to run in each municipality.) The Tokyo Metropolitan Task Force will listen to the opinions of municipalities with regard to selection of candidates applying with a recommendation.
  • How to Apply
    Fill out and submit the application form on Tokyo Metropolitan Torchbearer Application Requirements website at or post it to the address noted below.
    Recruiting period: July 1st – August 31st, 2019 (Applications sent by mail must be postmarked on or before August 31, 2019.)
Contact:Tokyo Metropolitan Olympic Torchbearer Selection Office.
Address:〒163-8691 Japan Post Shinjuku Post Office, PO Box No. 39

※Note that the number of TBs being recruited and methods for applying may vary among the PTFs and presenting partners.

  • Nomination

    The Tokyo Metropolitan Task Force will select candidates for each municipality based on the information provided in the application. Selected candidates will then be recommended to the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, who will make the final selection. Do not send in documents or other materials not required for application, as they will not be considered in the nomination process.
  • Announcement
    of Nomination

    The Tokyo Metropolitan Task Force will notify you of the winnings from December 2019. (Applicants who submit their application through the website will be contacted by e-mail. Those who mail in their application will be notified by mail.)

※Note that the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will contact those selected with details of their individual paths sometime after mid-February, 2020.
※Note that those applicants not nominated will not be notified. However, in the event of an opening for a TB within two weeks prior to the TB’s scheduled run, previous applicants may be selected to move into that slot. In that event, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will notify the individual of their nomination.

Schedule by local municipality

July 10 Setagaya-ku → Komae-shi → Inagi-shi → Machida-shi
July 11 Tama-shi → Hino-shi → Akishima-shi → Hachioji-shi
July 12 Hinohara-mura → Okutama-machi → Hinode-machi → Ome-shi → Mizuho-machi
July 13 Hamura-shi → Akiruno-shi → Fussa-shi → Musashimurayama-shi → Tachikawa-shi
July 14 Kunitachi-shi → Kokubunji-shi → Kodaira-shi → Higashiyamato-shi → Higashimurayama-shi
July 15 Kiyose-shi → Higashikurume-shi → Nishitokyo-shi → Koganei-shi → Fuchu-shi
July 16 Chofu-shi → Miyake-mura → Kouzushima-mura → Niijima-mura → Toshima-mura → Oshima-machi
July 17 Mikurajima-mura → Hachijo-machi → Aogashima-mura → Ogasawara-mura → Mitaka-shi → Musashino-shi
July 18 Suginami-ku → Nakano-ku → Nerima-ku
July 19 Toshima-ku → Itabashi-ku → Kita-ku → Adachi-ku
July 20 Katushika-ku → Edogawa-ku → Sumida-ku → Arakawa-ku
July 21 Taito-ku → Bunkyo-ku → Chiyoda-ku → Chuo-ku
July 22 Koto-ku → Ota-ku → Shinagawa-ku
July 23 Meguro-ku → Shibuya-ku → Minato-ku
July 24 Shinjuku-ku

Basic Requirements for TB Applicants

Those wishing to apply as TBs must fulfill the following basic requirements.

  • Applicants shall have been born before or on April 1, 2008. Provided, however, that applicants under the age of 18 as of March 1, 2020 (the first day of the month in which the Torch Relay starts) must have the consent of a parent or guardian.
  • As a rule, applicants should have some connection to the Tokyo municipality where they wish to run (including those who reside in or have resided in the Tokyo Metropolis; those whose workplace or school is located there; those with family members or relatives living there; those previously involved in any activities there, and so on).
  • Individuals may apply regardless of nationality or gender.
  • Applicants shall be able to carry the flame safely and of their own will. Provided, however, that support staff (escorts) may attend when necessary.
  • Those intending to use the Torch Relay to convey political or religious messages are ineligible to serve as TBs.
  • Those in serving in public office as stipulated by the Public Offices Election Act (including Diet members, legislators and heads of local government), candidates for public office or those considering such candidacy, heads of political parties or political organizations and those in equivalent positions are ineligible to serve as TBs.
  • Religious figures are ineligible to serve as TBs based on their religious reputations.
  • Please fill in the information requested on the application form, including the name of the Tokyo municipality you wish to run in and why that municipality is special to you.

Basic Approach to TB Nomination

The basic approach of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee in the nomination of Tokyo 2020 Olympic TBs is as follows:

Eligibility: All people

  • While giving consideration to a balance of nationalities, abilities and disabilities, genders and ages, the goal is for an open relay in which TBs are selected from a wide range of fields.
  • TBs are to be selected primarily from among those who are active in their communities.

Strong Spirit (The spirit of supporting)

  • Individuals who, in their daily lives, support family, friends, colleagues and others, confronting any difficulties without giving up.
    (Ex.) Someone making an enormous contribution to the revival of their local community from previous disasters.

Tolerance(The Spirit of Accepting )

  • Individuals engaged in new endeavors while recognizing the differences between people.
    (Ex.) Someone who creates a sports community for children, developing a center for their community where many can get together.
    Someone who has contributed to building a new brand for their community by bringing local residents and newcomers together.

Sense of Unity Born of Celebrations (The Spirit of Encouraging)

  • Individuals who can enhance a sense of local unity by running as a runner
    (Ex.) Someone who supports local traditional cultural activities behind the scenes.

Important Reminders When Applying


  • - Public offering of TBs will be conducted by the respective PTFs and the four Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners (including Coca-Cola (Japan) Company, Limited, Toyota Motor Corporation, Nippon Life Insurance Company, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone(NTT) Corporation). The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee is not the lead entity for public offering of TBs. Note that any applications submitted to the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will be invalid.
  • - While the same individual may apply to multiple Presenting Partners or apply simultaneously to both multiple Presenting Partners and a PTF, the individual may not apply to multiple PTFs.
    Note that if an individual is found to have applied to multiple PTFs, all such applications shall be invalidated, and the individual shall not be selected as a TB by any of the PTFs to which he or she applied.
  • - Only one person per application. A joint application by multiple individuals is not allowed.
  • - Limit one entry per applicant. Please be advised that if a single applicant is determined to have submitted multiple applications, said applicant will be made ineligible for consideration.
  • - Applications require both a self-introduction and reasons for applying from the applicant himself or herself, as well as the reasons for nominating the applicant as a TB from the person making the nomination (any relationship with the applicant is acceptable and can include family members, friends and others with a close relationship to the applicant).
  • - Those not nominated will not be notified of their non-nomination.
  • - Reasons for nominating or not nominating an applicant will not be disclosed. Please note that inquiries regarding those reasons cannot be answered.
  • - Application forms containing false or dishonest statements will be invalidated.

Routes and other information

  • - Each TB will run approximately 200 meters. (Please note that the running distance may exceed more or less than 200 meters. TBs may run at their own speed and at a relaxed pace.)
  • - Specific time and date as well as route will be determined by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee following nomination of the TBs. Please note in advance that there is the possibility you may be assigned to run in a municipality/location other than the municipality you hope to run in.

Equipment and/or assistance required for the run

  • - TBs are asked to arrange for their own wheelchairs or other apparatus and equipment when necessary.
    Note that the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will arrange for a wheelchair attachment to hold the Olympic torch.
    Note that TBs who may have difficulty running alone may be accompanied by a single escort.
    Note that when necessary, TBs will be allowed to run with a service dog for the people with a physical disability.
    Helpers will not be placed as “Torchbearers,” however at the time of running they will be provided with a separate uniform (unlike uniforms for the TBs it will be a one-size article that can be worn over the helpers own clothing). Moreover, just as for the TBs, helpers must have been born before April 1, 2008, and restrictions on religious and political messages as stipulated in the basic application guidelines for TBs also apply equally to helpers.

Important Reminders About the Relay

  • - Running as a TB may not be used for religious or political purposes.
  • - Personal advertising and marketing activities are not allowed.
  • - Except for special service dogs, TBs may not accompany with animals.

Ambush Marketing Prohibited

  • - Except when specifically allowed by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, TBs shall not associate specific products or services (collectively, “Products, etc.”) with the Tokyo 2020 Games, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay, the Olympic movement or the Paralympic movement, and are asked to refrain from acts that may be seen as representing such an association.
  • - Except when specifically allowed by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, TBs shall not represent that Products, etc. are official products of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Japanese Olympic Committee or the Japanese Paralympic Committee (hereafter collectively, the “Organising Committees, etc.”); that they have been selected by any of the Organising Committees, etc.; that they have been approved by any of the Organising Committees, etc.; that they have been warranted by any of the Organising Committees, etc.; that they have been recommended by any of the Organising Committees, etc.; that they have obtained the consent of any of the Organising Committees, etc.; or any other similar facts, and are asked to refrain from behavior that might be seen in that way.
  • - TBs shall not, for the purpose of marketing or advertising Products, etc., disclose their relationship with the Organising Committees, etc., the fact that they will run as TBs or facts learned as TBs, and are asked to refrain from behavior that might be seen in that way.

Dress code

  • - On the day of their run, TBs will be supplied with a TB uniform consisting of a shirt (long- or short-sleeved) and pants (long or short). TBs may not wear or bring shirts or pants other than the supplied uniform.
  • - TBs may not alter the design or shape of the uniforms supplied.
  • - TBs may not wear or bring any items not required for their run. TBs may not wear advertisements, etc. when running.
  • - Shoes are not supplied as uniforms; TBs should wear their own sports shoes. Note that rollerblades and other equipment may not be used except as part of special performance by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee or PTFs.
  • - Those running as TBs may not wear extreme hairstyles, paint their faces or wear flashy jewelry or other accessories. More detailed guidelines will be provided following the nomination process.

After the TB Nomination Process

  • - The nominated TBs will be contacted in order by the PTF after December 2019 (tentative). This will be followed by an official nomination notification from the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee. Any subsequent contact will come from the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.
  • - Those under 18 years of age as of March 1, 2020, will be asked to submit a consent form from a parent or guardian.
  • - TBs will be able to purchase the Olympic torch carried on the day of their run. Purchase price and other information about purchasing it will be provided following the nomination process.
  • - Any materials to be sent out in advance will be e-mailed or mailed to the address provided on the application form.
  • - Any communication prior to or on the day of the run will be in Japanese or English only.
  • - While there is no charge to participate, the cost of round trip transportation to and from the designated meeting place (including, when necessary, accommodations) on the day of the relay shall be the responsibility of the individual participant. No refunds or other compensation shall be provided in the event that day’s relay is cancelled for unavoidable reasons.
  • - Personal identification will be checked at the designated meeting place on the day of the relay; please bring and be prepared to present some form of picture ID (driver’s license, passport, residence card, etc.).
  • - TBs will be asked to sign a runner consent form at the designated meeting place on the day of the relay, verifying consent to important precautions while running and other items of consent, and providing final confirmation of the individual’s desire to run.
  • - Application forms found to contain false or dishonest statements will result in cancellation of the individual’s nomination.
  • - The individual’s nomination may be cancelled in the following cases; (i) It is revealed that the candidate does not meet the application requirements as a TB, (ii) He/she performs an act detrimental to the image of the Tokyo 2020, (iii) Any other case that the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee deems that the candidate is inappropriate as a TB.