For torchbearers


Notes and information for torchbearers

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torchbearer Handbook

This is the torchbearers’ handbook describing the flow of a typical day during the Olympic torch relay and points for special attention.

Read through it, get ready and participate the torch relay.

Tokyo 2020 Torchbearer Handbook (As of March 2020)

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 age 17 or under on 1 March 2021 (the first day of the month in which the torch relay will start).
  • Applicants must have a personal connection to the leg of the tour in which they wish to act as a torchbearer (i.e. persons who currently reside or previously resided in the prefecture, persons currently belonging to a school or workplace in the prefecture, persons with family or relatives residing in the prefecture, persons previously active in the prefecture in which they wish to act as a torchbearer, etc.)
  • 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 permitted 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 and/or 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.

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FAQ for torchbearers

We have put together this FAQ for torchbearers which includes useful information for spectators as well.

Updated on September 2020 toward the Olympic Torch Relay scheduled in 2021

After the torchbearers are selected

About the Torch Relay run

About the uniform and torch

Torch kiss pose recommended by Tokyo 2020

The torchbearer will give the torch to the next torchbearer at the “torch kissing point” and will make a torch kiss pose as they pass on the flame.

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has created three kinds of torch kiss pose that express the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay concept, “Hope Lights Our Way”.

The official Torch Relay Ambassadors, as well as Olympians Saori Yoshida and Mizuki Noguchi, are helping us promote the torch kiss pose. See the images and video in which they are featured and find the pose that is best for you!

Pose 2: Connecting with each other
Pose 2: "Connecting with each other"

Documents for torchbearers

Information on the Regulations for Wearing the Torchbearer Uniform, Consent Form for Under 18, Supporting devices to hold the Torch.

Torch Relay News