Changes to Olympic Torch Relay format in Fukuoka

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The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today announced changes to the format of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay in Fukuoka prefecture, which was due to take place on public roads on 11 and 12 May.

Given the current state of emergency in Fukuoka prefecture, the Fukuoka prefectural task force requested Tokyo 2020 not to stage the Olympic Torch Relay on public roads and to hold Celebration events without spectators. As such, Tokyo 2020 will implement an alternative lighting ceremony format whereby each torchbearer will pass the Olympic flame to the next torchbearer at a “torch kiss” point at the Celebration venues on both days as follows:

Day 1 – Tuesday 11 May
Venue: Heiwadai Athletic Field
Time: TBC

Day 2 – Wednesday 12 May
Venue: Kanmon Kaikyo Museum
Time: TBC

Tokyo 2020 will continue to work closely with the Fukuoka prefectural authorities and the local task forces in each prefecture due to host Olympic Torch Relay segments in order to ensure the safety and security of all local communities.