Olympic Rings back on display at Tokyo's Odaiba Marine Park 

The Olympic Symbol is now back on display at the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo, Japan
The Olympic Symbol is now back on display at the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo, Japan

Monument reinstalled in the Japanese capital to build momentum for the Games

The Olympic Symbol have been reinstalled at Odaiba Marine Park water area to its original location today after going through maintenance and safety inspection earlier in August.

It made its way to the Tokyo Bay on a sunny morning via a barge and has been transported from the facility in Yokohama where it was originally built.

Standing 15.3m tall and 32.6m wide and weighing 69 tons, the exterior part of the Olympic Symbol has been refurbished with now both frontside and backside painted in five colours and has been anchored in place off the shore of the water park by mooring cables.

According to YANASHIMIZU Atsushi, Director for the Project Section, Planning and Promotion Division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), the return of the Olympic Rings signify that the Games are getting closer.

"We hope that people can feel close to the Games with the Olympic Rings. The Rings can be enjoyed from various viewpoints while taking proper prevention measures against COVID-19," he told the media earlier today.

The famed Five Rings - which represent the five continents and all nations united through the Olympic Movement - will remain at the Tokyo Bay throughout the rescheduled Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 next year.

“Through various methods including visual testing and ultrasound scanning, we checked whether there had been any wind or wave damage and confirmed that the structure is fit to stay in place until the end of the Olympic Games," he confirmed.

The Five Rings with the Rainbow Bridge as backdrop
The Five Rings with the Rainbow Bridge as backdrop
Tokyo 2020

After the re-installation, the Olympic Symbol will be illuminated at night with the Rainbow Bridge in the background.

It will remain in the bay to the end of the Games on 8 August and will then be replaced by the Paralympic Symbol for the 24 August - 5 September Paralympic Games.

During the Tokyo 2020 Games, the Odaiba Marine Park - where the Olympic Symbol is currently on display - will be the location for Olympic Marathon Swimming and Olympic and Paralympic triathlon events.