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Important Notice

On Tuesday 24 March 2020, the International Olympic Committee and The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Consequently, the launch of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay (OTR) that was scheduled to start on Thursday 26 March was put on hold while discussions took place to deal with the new developments.

A new schedule for the OTR will be decided in accordance with the decision made on the specific dates of the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games. We will make every effort to prepare for a new grand start of the OTR for everyone to take part in and celebrate.

We will be releasing updates about the OTR as soon as new information becomes available.

(As of 26 March 2020)

The following information was compiled and released before the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games was announced on 24 March 2020.

Places on interest in Hiroshima

The Hiroshima leg of the Torch Relay begins in the city of Miyoshi, hometown of Yoshinori Sakai, the final torchbearer at the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games. The Torch Relay will journey through the southern area of the prefecture that is recovering from the July 2018 Japan floods, making its way to the city of Hiroshima where a celebration will take place at the end of the first day. On the second day, the Torch Relay will leave the city of Hatsukaichi, travelling across the southeastern part of the prefecture and arriving in the city of Fukuyama for a celebration.

Some of the sites the torch will visit on its journey across Hiroshima include: Hiroshima City’s Peace Memorial Park, established in memory of the victims of the atomic bomb and to pray for world peace; the World Heritage Site, Itsukushima Shrine, located in Hatsukaichi City’s Miyajima.

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