Olympic Flame on display at Japan Olympic Museum

Will be available to public from Tuesday to 1 November across the street from Tokyo 2020's Olympic Stadium.

By Shintaro Kano

The Olympic Flame will go on public display for the next two months at the Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo.

Organisers on Monday (31 August) unveiled the Flame during a tight-knit ceremony at the museum located across the street from the Olympic Stadium of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The Flame will be showcased at the museum from Tuesday until 1 November. Visitors must book in advance to enter the museum due to coronavirus protocol.

Japanese Olympic Committee President Yamashita Yasuhiro holds the lantern encasing the Olympic Flame.

Mori Yoshiro, President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, said that he was glad to see the Flame in the public spotlight once again.

"We have had to overcome one hurdle after another to get here but it gives me great joy to see the Flame being housed at the home of the Japanese Olympic Committee and the National Federations", Mori said.

"Next year, the Flame will be carried by around 10,000 runners in the Torch Relay and will light the cauldron ahead of what we hope will be a great Games".

Also attending the ceremony were JOC President Yamashita Yasuhiro, Olympic Minister Hashimoto Seiko and Japan Sports Agency chief Suzuki Daichi.

"I know our athletes are training hard everyday unsure about a lot of things," said Yamashita, the former judo Olympic champion. "But I am sure the Flame that will go on display from tomorrow will be a source of inspiration for them".

The Flame arrived in Japan from Greece in March just before the Games were postponed to the summer of 2021 because of the global pandemic.