The Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) on Monday announced that the Olympic Torch Relay will begin its journey on March 25, 2021.
According to a media report, the Olympic Torch Rely journey will start from the J-Village National Training Centre in Fukushima Prefecture, and then traverse all 47 prefectures across Japan over a period of 121 days. In principle, the route and the schedule of the Relay will remain as originally planned, the IOC said.
As 2021 will mark the 10th anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will purpose to showcase the restoration of the areas worst affected by the catastrophe, consistent with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay idea of “Hope Lights Our Method.
“Within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it would moreover symbolize the sunshine on the finish of the present darkish tunnel; a beacon of hope for the world within the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 games, themselves a logo of the resilience, unity, and solidarity of humankind. The torch will attain Tokyo on July 9 in time for the flame to mild the cauldron within the Olympic Stadium on the Opening Ceremony of the games on July 23.
As a part of the simplification efforts for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games, after the one-year delay as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Grand Start of the Relay and different ceremonies might be scaled again, as will the variety of operational workers.
COVID-19 countermeasures for the Relay might be introduced at a later date, after full consultation with specialists and the general public health authorities. Those previously confirmed as Olympic torchbearers will be given preference to run in next year`s Relay, the Tokyo 2020 organizers have said. Around 10,000 torchbearers are set to take part.