Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay
Tokyo 2020 Unveils Paralympic Torch Relay Concept : "Share Your Light"
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced that the concept behind the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay will be "Share Your Light". This expresses Tokyo 2020's determination to help achieve a fully-inclusive society by the gathering and meeting of the "light" – human beings – who provide hope and support to others.
The International Paralympic Committee's underlying vision for the Paralympic Torch Relay is "The Paralympic flame is for everyone – the accumulation of everyone's passion for the Paralympic Games generates the flame". Supporting this vision, Tokyo 2020 aims to maintain the momentum and excitement of the Olympic Games during the period of transition to the Paralympic Games, and to communicate the spirit and values of the Paralympics: Courage, Determination, Inspiration and Equality. It is additionally hoped the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will give everyone an opportunity to reflect on a new partnership between humans, and between humans and society, and help everyone to realise that there is "unity in diversity".
The Paralympic Torch Relay route will route through the host city Tokyo, as well as through Saitama, Chiba and Shizuoka prefectures, each of which will be hosting Paralympic events. Tokyo 2020 will coordinate its plans with all other prefectures across the country and have as many prefectures as possible participating in all aspects of the Relay, such as hosting an event of the lighting of the flame.
Tokyo 2020 will continue to work closely with all stakeholders in order to realise an inspiring Torch Relay and a successful Paralympic Games.
The Paralympic Torch Relay
Flame-lighting festivals are held in Stoke Mandeville in the UK – the birthplace of the Paralympics – and at several locations across the host country. The flames from each of these locations are then brought together at the host city where the Paralympic Torch is lit, and the Paralympic Torch Relay begins.
The very first Paralympic Torch Relay was held in Seoul for the 1988 Paralympic Games. The total distance of the relay route was 105km, with some 282 runners carrying the Paralympic Torch.
The Paralympic Torch Relay is an event that welcomes everyone, with messages of support coming from municipal governments, organisations, groups and individuals. The lighting events held by municipal governments are held on the supposition that the collective energy of the local residents lights the flame.
One major aim of the events is to maintain the momentum and excitement of the Olympic Games during the transition period to the Paralympic Games, and to communicate the values and spirit of the Paralympics.