About the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay

About the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch RelayAbout the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay

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 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 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 105km, with some 282 runners carrying the Paralympic Torch.

All the passion supporting the Paralympic Games comes together as one. The Paralympic Flame is born!

  • 1st

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

    13th August 2020 ~ 17th August 2020

    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, between 13 and 17 August. 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 Games18th

    18th August 2020 ~ 21st August 2020

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

  • 3rd

    All the passion supporting the Paralympics comes together as one. The Paralympic Flame is Born!

    22nd August 2020 ~ 25th August 2020

    The flames from each flame lighting festival and the torch relays from all over Japan will be brought together in Tokyo on the 21st of August where the official Paralympic Flame will be lit. The final four days of the Paralympic Torch Relay will then commence in Tokyo.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay Glossary

Flame Lighting

  • Photo by Matt Fowler Photography on behalf of Aylesbury Vale District Council

  • Photo by Matt Fowler Photography on behalf of Aylesbury Vale District Council

    Photo by Matt Fowler Photography on behalf of Aylesbury Vale District Council

“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

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.

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