For torchbearers

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Notes and information for torchbearers

Torchbearers will be asked for their cooperation with regard to the following

1. Health management and monitoring of movement

  • During the two weeks prior to the day of the respective Torch Relay segment, torchbearers will be asked to refrain from activities that may involve a risk of COVID-19 infection, such as eating out or going to crowded places.
  • During the same two-weeks period, torchbearers will be asked to fill in a daily health checklist; this will be available on the Tokyo 2020 website in early March.
    * If you have registered an escort, please also fill in the daily health checklist for the escort as well.
  • If torchbearers feel unwell or suspect that they are infected, they must report this and consult with a public health centre or clinic as soon as possible.
  • Torchbearers should contact the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee as soon as possible if they decide to undergo PCR testing following consultation with a public health centre or clinic. If the PCR test result is positive, they must report this to the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee as soon as possible and withdraw their participation. In the case of a negative result, Tokyo 2020 will make a decision based on the state of recovery of their health condition.
  • For torchbearers who live in a prefecture, city, ward, town or village where a state of emergency or similar policy is in place at the time of running and plan to run outside of their area of residence, Tokyo 2020 recommends a PCR test or antigen test be taken within 72 hours prior to running. Tokyo 2020 will bear the cost of the tests.
  • Torchbearers entering Japan from overseas will be required to follow the immigration policies of the Government of Japan at their time of entry.

2. On the day

  • If torchbearers feel unwell or suspect that they are infected, they must report this to the Organising Committee immediately and refrain from participating.
  • Torchbearers will have their temperature taken and will be asked to disinfect their hands in the reception area. If they have a fever of 37.5 degrees or higher, and their temperature does not fall after they have rested in the shade for a certain period of time, they will be asked to refrain from running.
  • All torchbearers will be required to submit a completed daily health check list. If the information provided is incomplete or inaccurate, they will not be permitted to run.
    * If you have registered an escort, please also present the daily checklist.

  • As a rule, all torchbearers will be required to wear masks when not running. They will be allowed to run without masks if they keep an appropriate distance from others.

  • If a torchbearer becomes infected with COVID-19 within two weeks of participating in a Torch Relay segment, they will be asked to consult a medical institution and notify the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee immediately.

If a torchbearer becomes infected with COVID-19 within two weeks of participating in a Torch Relay segment, they will be asked to contact the Torchbearer desk.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay: Orientation Video 

This video contains precautions about running in the Torch Relay and important information you should be aware of before taking part. 
All torchbearers should watch the video before participating in the Torch Relay.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay: Orientation Video 

This video contains precautions about running in the Torch Relay and important information you should be aware of before taking part. All torchbearers should watch the video before participating in the Torch Relay. To confirm the information in the video, please access the following link.

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 (Update February 2021)

Daily Health Checklist

Management of personal information

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

About Olympic torch purchase

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.

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.

See details

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