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 Okinawa prefecture, which was due to take place on public roads on 1 and 2 May.
The Okinawa prefectural task force officially requested Tokyo 2020 not to stage the Olympic Torch Relay on public roads on the main island of Okinawa and to hold it instead in restricted areas without spectators. Meanwhile, the Olympic Torch Relay on public roads on the Okinawa islands of Ishigaki, Miyakojima and Zamami will be hosted as scheduled. Tokyo 2020 will work closely with the Okinawa prefectural task force and will implement all necessary measures to ensure a safe environment for the approximately 200 torchbearers who are due to run in the Okinawa segment of the Relay. Other details will be announced as soon as they are decided.
Tokyo 2020 will continue to work closely with Okinawa prefecture and the local task forces in all other prefectures due to host Olympic Torch Relay segments in order to ensure that these events will be safe and secure for all local communities.