The Paralympic flame is set to make its way across Japan in August next year just ahead of the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Details have been unveiled today including the names of the cities that will experience the excitement of the Paralympic Torch Relay and the locations the Flame Lighting festivals will be held.
Torch Relay routes for four prefectures co-hosting Paralympic Games competitions have also been announced, including guidelines for the recruitment of the torchbearers who will be carrying the Paralympic flame in Japan's prefectures including schools, hospitals and facilities connected with the Paralympics.
Entitled "Share Your Light", the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay will be a celebration to kick off the Paralympic Games and will maintain the festive momentum of the Olympic Games during the transition period to the Paralympic Games.
Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony in Stoke Mandeville
A spectacular Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony will be held on 20 August 2020 in Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Great Britain, the spiritual birthplace of the Paralympic Movement. The event will involve Paralympians, para sport demonstrations, a stunning fireworks display and thousands of members of the local community.
Regional flame lighting and departure details
The regional flame lighting celebrations and the departure ceremonies will be held in more than 700 locations across Japan. Celebration and departure events will take place at numerous locations in 43 of Japan's 47 prefectures between 13 and 17 August 2020, and subsequently between 18 and 21 August in the four prefectures co-hosting Paralympic events.
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay route
In addition to the flame-lighting festivals and the departure ceremonies, torch relays will be held in the four prefectures co-hosting Paralympic events. The flames from all over Japan and Stoke Mandeville will be brought together in Tokyo on 21 August where the official Paralympic flame will be lit. The final leg of the Paralympic Torch Relay will then commence, with the relay traversing Tokyo for four days.
Share your Light video
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.