Over 500,000 torchbearer applications received for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has announced that, by the close of registration, a total of 535,717 applications had been received from members of the public hoping to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay as torchbearers. 

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The applications were being submitted from June this year to the four Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners – Coca-Cola Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation, Nippon Life and NTT Communications – and also individual Olympic Torch Relay Task Forces set up by each of the 47 prefectures in Japan in collaboration with Tokyo 2020.

Overall, the Olympic Torch Relay will feature around 10,000 torchbearers, including men, women and children from a wide range of nationalities, ages and abilities. The Presenting Partners and Prefectural Task Forces will select prospective Olympic torchbearers based on the information submitted by applicants, and forward their recommendations to Tokyo 2020,which will select the torchbearers based on these recommendations. Announcement of the successful applicants will be made starting in December 2019.

The Torch Relay will provide an unforgettable experience for the torchbearers, and for the members of the public lining the streets to cheer them on; while the Olympic flame will symbolise a new era embodying the Torch Relay vision: "Hope Lights Our Way".


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