Recruitment of Torchbearers for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay

Recruitment of Torchbearers for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch RelayRecruitment of Torchbearers for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay

Opportunities for New Partnerships - runners 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 people; and between people 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 a team of runners. It is hoped that the new encounters that occur through the participation in the Torch Relay will prompt people to contemplate diversity and come to realise the wide-ranging benefits of a fully-inclusive society.

Basic approach to the selection of torchbearers

Wide range of people

  • Ensure that a wide range of people are represented including nationalities, people with or without impairments, gender and age groups. (A minimum age shall be established for safety reasons.)

A person providing hope or support

  • Persons who provide hope to someone
  • Persons who support someone
  • Persons who contributed to building social or life infrastructure

〈e.g.〉Persons who engaged in international exchange support activities, registered as a bone marrow donor, etc.

A person who embodies a fully-inclusive society

  • Persons who voice their opinion whether they have an impairment or not
  • Persons who are leaders in their field, regardless of age or nationality
  • Persons who take action to realize a fully-inclusive society

〈e.g.〉Athletes, musicians or artists who may have an impairment, senior citizens who are active in various fields, an up-and-coming person in his or her sector, a successful foreign national in Japan, a successful Japanese person living abroad, etc.

Basic conditions for applying to become a torchbearer

Basic Conditions regarding Applications to Become a Torchbearer

  • Applicants must be born on or before 1 April 2008. The consent of a parent or guardian is required for those who will be 17 or under on 1 March 2020 (the first day of the month in which the torch relay will start).
  • Any nationality and gender will be accepted.
  • Applicants must be able to carry the torch safely of their own volition. However, the support of a guide runner will be accepted as needed.
  • Those applying with the objective of communicating a political or religious message will not be accepted as a torchbearer.
  • Those who serve as a public officer under the Public Offices Election Act (member of Diet, member or head of a local government), a candidate or prospective candidate of a public office, and a leader or those in a position equivalent to a leader of a political party/organisation will not be accepted as a torchbearer.
  • A religious figure will not be accepted as a torchbearer in recognition of his/her religious achievements.

Important points for torchbearer applicants

  • Applicants may not use this activity for advertising or publicity purposes.
  • Only one person may apply per application. Applications submitted by multiple persons will not be accepted.
  • Torchbearers will be required to wear a uniform provided by The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020).
  • The distance of one leg of the torch relay is approximately 200 metres. (Please note that the distance may be shorter/longer than 200 metres. Each torchbearer may run at his/her own pace.)
  • Once selected, the torchbearer will be assigned the precise day and time as well as the route of his/her leg of the torch relay, which will be determined at a later date by Tokyo 2020. Please note that torchbearers may be assigned to a remote location such as an island.
  • Torchbearers who require a particular equipment or device to take part in the torch relay, such as a wheelchair, must bring their own equipment or device.
  • Tokyo 2020 will provide the apparatus to attach the torch to a wheelchair.
  • Torchbearers who require assistance may be accompanied by a guide runner.
  • Torchbearers with an impairment who require assistance may be accompanied by a guide dog.
  • Applicants who are not selected as a torchbearer will not receive any notice that their application was not successful.
  • Persons who applied for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay can also apply for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay.

Torchbearer application method

For further details, please see the application information provided by the entity to which you intend to apply.

<Where to apply to become a torchbearer>

In addition to the 4 prefectures (Shizuoka, Chiba, Saitama and Tokyo), applications can be made to become a torchbearer to any of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners: LIXIL (LIXIL Corporation).

※Application periods are as follows:

27 November 2019 - 29 February 2020: LIXIL Corporation

16 December 2019 - 15 February 2020 : 4 Prefectures

  • While the same individual may apply to multiple Presenting Partners or apply simultaneously to both multiple Presenting Partners and a Prefectures, the individual may not apply to multiple Prefectures.
  • Even if multiple applications are made, an applicant will not be selected by multiple recruiting entities. An Applicant can serve as a torchbearer on one occasion only.

Recruitment for Group Torchbearers will not be held.

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Website of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners

Website of four co-hosting prefectures

Below are the URLs for the website of the four prefectures hosting Paralympic sport competitions. The recruitment period will start from 16 December 2019 to 15 February 2020. Check each website for further details.

Prefectures Schedule Recruitment Period Recruiting Organisation
1 Shizuoka 18 August 2020 16 December 2019 to 15 February 2020 See information about the Torch Relay in Shizuoka Prefecture.
2 Chiba 19 August 2020 16 December 2019 to 15 February 2020 See information about the Torch Relay in Chiba Prefecture.
3 Saitama 20 August 2020 16 December 2019 to 15 February 2020 See information about the Torch Relay in Saitama Prefecture.
4 Tokyo 21-25 August 2020 16 December 2019 to 15 February 2020 See information about the Torch Relay in Tokyo Prefecture.

※43 prefectures excluding co-hosting prefectures will not display torchbearer information for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay.
Check the following websites for information about Regional Flame Celebrations or Departure Ceremonies

Prefectures Details Website(In Japanese)
1 Hokkaido Flames will be lit and depart from Sapporo City See information about the Torch Relay in Shizuoka Prefecture.
2 Aomori Flames will be lit at 7 cities, combined in Aomori City and depart from Misawa City See information about the Torch Relay in Aomori Prefecture.
3 Iwate Flames will be lit at 33 cities, combined and depart from Morioka City See information about the Torch Relay in Iwate Prefecture.
4 Miyagi Flames will be lit at 9 cities, combined and depart from Sendai City See information about the Torch Relay in Miyagi Prefecture.
5 Akita Flames will be lit at 25 cities, combined and depart from Akita City See information about the Torch Relay in Akita Prefecture.
6 Yamagata Flames will be lit at 35 cities, combined and depart See information about the Torch Relay in Yamagata Prefecture.
7 Fukushima Flame will be lit and depart from Koriyama City See information about the Torch Relay in Fukushima Prefecture.
8 Ibaraki Flame will be lit and depart from Mito City See information about the Torch Relay in Ibaraki Prefecture.
9 Tochigi Flames will be lit at 22 cities, then combined and depart See information about the Torch Relay in Tochigi Prefecture.
10 Gunma Flames will be lit at 6 cities, combined and depart from Isesaki City See information about the Torch Relay in Gunma Prefecture.
11 Kanagawa Flames will be lit at 33 cities, combined and depart from Yokohama City See information about the Torch Relay in Kanagawa Prefecture.
12 Niigata Flames will be lit at 30 cities, combined and depart from Niigata City See information about the Torch Relay in Niigata Prefecture.
13 Toyama Flames will be lit at 15 cities, combined and depart from Toyama City See information about the Torch Relay in Toyama Prefecture.
14 Ishikawa Flames will be lit at 7 cities, combined and depart from Kanazawa City See information about the Torch Relay in Ishikawa Prefecture.
15 Fukui Flames will be lit at 17 cities, combined and depart from Fukui City See information about the Torch Relay in Fukui Prefecture.
16 Yamanashi Flames will be lit at 5 cities, combined and depart from Kofu City See information about the Torch Relay in Yamanashi Prefecture.
17 Nagano Flames will be lit at 13 cities, combined and depart from Nagano City See information about the Torch Relay in Nagano Prefecture.
18 Gifu Flames will be lit at 25 cities, combined and depart from Gifu City See information about the Torch Relay in Gifu Prefecture.
19 Aichi Flames will be lit at 49 cities, combined and depart from Nagoya City See information about the Torch Relay in Aichi Prefecture.
20 Mie Flames will be lit at 29 cities, combined and depart from Tsu City See information about the Torch Relay in Mie Prefecture.
21 Shiga Flame will be lit and depart from Higashiomi City See information about the Torch Relay in Shiga Prefecture.
22 Kyoto Flames will be lit at 16 cities, combined and depart from Kyoto City TBD
23 Osaka Flames will be lit at several cities, then combined and depart from Sakai City See information about the Torch Relay in Osaka Prefecture.
24 Hyogo Flames will be lit at 36 cities, combined and depart from Kobe City See information about the Torch Relay in Hyogo Prefecture.
25 Nara Flame will be lit and depart from Nara City See information about the Torch Relay in Nara Prefecture.
26 Wakayama Flame will be lit and depart from Tanabe City See information about the Torch Relay in Wakayama Prefecture.
27 Tottori Flames will be lit at 2 cities, combined and depart from Kurayoshi City See information about the Torch Relay in Tottori Prefecture.
28 Shimane Flames will be lit at 11 cities, combined and depart from Matsue City See information about the Torch Relay in Shimane Prefecture.
29 Okayama Flames will be lit at 27 cities, then combined and depart TBD
30 Hiroshima Flames will be lit at 23 cities, combined and depart from Hiroshima City See information about the Torch Relay in Hiroshima Prefecture.
31 Yamaguchi Flames will be lit at 19 cities, then combined and depart from Yamaguchi City See information about the Torch Relay in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
32 Tokushima Flames will be lit at 24 cities, combined and depart from Tokushima City See information about the Torch Relay in Tokushima Prefecture.
33 Kagawa Flames will be lit at 9 cities, combined and depart from Takamatsu City TBD
34 Ehime Flames will be lit at 3 cities, combined and depart from Matsuyama City See information about the Torch Relay in Ehime Prefecture.
35 Kochi Flames will be lit at several cities, then combined and depart See information about the Torch Relay in Kochi Prefecture.
36 Fukuoka Flames will be lit at 33 cities, then combined and depart from Fukuoka City See information about the Torch Relay in Fukuoka Prefecture.
37 Saga Flame will be lit and depart from Saga City See information about the Torch Relay in Saga Prefecture.
38 Nagasaki Flames will be lit at 5 cities, combined and depart from Nagasaki City See information about the Torch Relay in Nagasaki Prefecture.
39 Kumamoto Flames will be lit at 24 cities, combined and depart from Kumamoto City See information about the Torch Relay in Kumamoto Prefecture.
40 Oita Flames will be lit at 18 cities, combined and depart from Beppu City See information about the Torch Relay in Oita Prefecture.
41 Miyazaki Flame will be lit and depart from Miyazaki City See information about the Torch Relay in Miyazaki Prefecture.
42 Kagoshima Flame will be lit and depart from Kagoshima City TBD
43 Okinawa Flames will be lit at 16 cities, combined and depart from Naha City See information about the Torch Relay in Okinawa Prefecture.

* Above information are subject to change.

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