The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced today that it has concluded an agreement with All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) under which they will serve as a Supporting Partner of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay.
Yuji Hirako, President and CEO of ANA, said, “All of Japan is looking forward to welcoming the world to Tokyo this summer for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. ANA has always served as an ambassador for Japanese hospitality and culture, and we are honored that our airline is able to serve as a Supporting Partner, sharing the human spirit of unity and friendliness during this spectacular event.”
Yoshiro Mori, President of Tokyo 2020, commented, “We are delighted to welcome ANA as a Presenting Partner of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay, following their sponsorship of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay aims to create an opportunity for us to think about a new partnership between people and between people and society, which will help realise a more symbiotic society from 2020. We are very pleased that ANA can play a part in this, and we will cooperate with them to ensure the success of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay.”
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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.