The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced today that it has concluded an agreement with the JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation (JXTG) under which they will serve as a Supporting Partner of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay and supply the gas for the torches used at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Katsuyuki Ota, Representative Director, President of JXTG, commented: “As part of our efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, we have forged a deep connection with Paralympic sports through our support of sports associations for athletes with an impairment, as well as through our employee cheering squad and volunteer activities. As a Supporting Partner of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay, we are honoured to have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a diverse society. Under the slogan “ENERGY for ALL,” we will energise the Paralympic Torch Relay to bring lasting inspiration to all of Japan.”
Yoshiro Mori, President of Tokyo 2020, commented, “We are delighted to welcome JXTG as a Supporting Partner of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay, following on directly from their support for the Olympic Torch Relay. During the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay, three people meeting each other for the first time will come together to form teams of runners in each segment. As Supporting Partner for the two distinct Tokyo 2020 Torch Relays, we believe JXTG will help to energise the Olympic and Paralympic movements by their supply of gas for the torches.”
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About the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay Partnership Programme:
The programme comprises three tiers: Presenting Partners, Supporting Partners and Associating Partners. The support of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay partner companies will help ensure the success of the Torch Relay, an event which athletes and torchbearers and Paralympic fans around the world are unlikely to forget.
About the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay:
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay (PTR) will take place between 13 and 25, August 2020 with the aim of maintaining momentum and excitement following the conclusion of the Olympic Games. In each leg of the Torch Relay, three people meeting each other for the first time will come together to form a team of torchbearers. It is hoped that these encounters will prompt people to contemplate the meaning of diversity and come to realise the wide-ranging benefits of a fully inclusive society. It is also expected to provide people with an opportunity to reflect on a new partnership between human beings, and between human beings and society. The actual torch flames will be lit at regional flame celebrations in each of Japan's 47 prefectures. These flames, as well as the flame from Stoke Mandeville, the Paralympic Movement's birthplace in Great Britain, will be merged into a single “Paralympic Flame” in the Flame Lighting Ceremony on 21 August. Aiming to encourage public support for the Paralympics, the Flame will be carried by torchbearers in the Host City Tokyo from 22 August until the day of the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on 25 August.