About the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay

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Important notice

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay will be held from 12 August 2021 until 24 August 2021, during the transition period from the Olympic Games to the Paralympic Games. It will aim to create a festive atmosphere in the run-up to the Paralympic Games while maintaining the momentum generated by the Olympic Games.

In line with the Torch Relay concept “Share Your Light”, in principle three people meeting each other for the first time will come together to form teams of runners. It is hoped that the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will offer people an opportunity to reflect on a new partnership between people and between people and society, and help promote a more inclusive society.

In cooperation with all Games officials and stakeholders, the rescheduled Olympics will be a "simplified Games". Tokyo 2020 has therefore been looking at how a more simplified and efficient Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay can be staged.


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.”

Heritage flame lighting events are held in Stoke Mandeville in Great Britain - the birthplace of the Paralympic Games - and at several locations across the host country. The flame represents the passion to support the Paralympic Games. And this isn’t limited to the actual flame; a digital flame has also been approved for use on social media. The flames lit at the various locations are brought together in the Host City to form the Paralympic Torch, and the torch relay then takes place around the Host City.

The very first Paralympic Torch Relay was held in Seoul for the 1988 Paralympic Games. The total distance of the relay route was 105 km, with some 282 runners carrying the Paralympic Flame.

Concept

In line with the concept “Share Your Light”, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay will raise excitement and create a festive-like atmosphere for the Paralympic Games.

This expresses the sentiment that the light emitted from these new encounters will merge together to illuminate a society in which people live in harmony and cooperate mutually. It also demonstrates 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 through the Paralympic Torch Relay.

Cast information

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Yamazaki Akihiro

A Para javelin thrower

Yamazaki has played baseball since he was a child. In 2014, he became a member of the WBC Japan National Team (para-baseball). In 2015, he switched from para-baseball to athletics (javelin). One year later he established a new Japanese Record. His goal is to compete in the javelin at the Paralympics.

All the passions supporting the Paralympic Games come together as one. The Paralympic Flame is born!

1st: The flame of passion will burn brightly in various locations across Japan

A Heritage Flame Celebration will be held in Stoke Mandeville in Great Britain – the spiritual birthplace of the Paralympic Movement – and flame-lighting festivals will take place at several locations across the host country, Japan. These flames will also visit schools, hospitals and facilities connected with the Paralympics in each prefecture of Japan.

2nd: The brilliant light tours the co-host prefectures of the Paralympic Games

In addition to the flame-lighting festival and flame visits (optional), torch relays will be held in three prefectures, each of which will host Paralympic events. Teams of three torchbearers will carry the flame, aiming to boost public interest and support ahead of the Paralympic Games.

3rd: All the passions supporting the Paralympics come together as one. The Paralympic Flame is Born!

The flames from each flame lighting festival and the torch relays from all over Japan will be brought together in Tokyo, where the official Paralympic Flame will be lit. The final four days of the Paralympic Torch Relay will then commence in Tokyo.

Schedule and Route of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay

introducing the schedule of the flame lighting ceremonies, departing ceremonies, torch relays, etc. held in 47 prefectures.

See the schedule and route of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay

Recruitment of torchbearers

*Applications have closed last 29 February. Thank you to all the applicants!

See recruitment of torchbearers

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay glossary

Flame Lighting


“Flame Lighting” means the birth of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Flame. The flame will be born in the Heritage flame lighting events held in Stoke Mandeville in the UK - the birthplace of the Paralympic Games - and at several locations across the host country. The flame represents the passion to support the Paralympic Games. And this isn’t limited just to the actual flame; a digital flame has also been approved for use on social media. These flames will also visit schools, hospitals and facilities connected with the Paralympic Games in each prefecture of Japan. These visits are called “Flame Visits”.

Depart for Tokyo


Each flame from all over the country will “depart” for Tokyo to come together as a single “Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Flame”.

Opportunity for new partnerships ⁠— torchbearers in groups of three

Towards a fully inclusive society that celebrates our different values and potential - regardless of age, gender, nationality, or impairment: It is anticipated that the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will give everyone an opportunity to reflect on a new partnership between humans, and between humans and society.

Groups of three runners will personify the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay. Three people meeting each other for the first time will come together to form teams of runners. It is hoped that the new encounters that occur through taking part in the Torch Relay will prompt people to contemplate diversity and come to realise the wide-ranging benefits of a fully inclusive society.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay brand design

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay brand design

We are pleased to introduce the torch and emblem to be used for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Ambassadors

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Ambassadors

In order to get people in Japan more excited about the Torch Relay, Olympian Tadahiro Nomura, Paralympian Aki Taguchi, actress Satomi Ishihara and comedic duo Sandwichman have been appointed as Official Ambassadors of the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay.