The International Olympic Committee(IOC) on Monday announced that Olympic Torch relay which marks the beginning of the biggest sporting event will start its journey from March 25th 2021 from the J-Village National Training Centre in Fukushima Prefecture, and then traverse all 47 prefectures across Japan over a period of 121 days. As we know that the most awaited Olympics which was supposed to happen in 2020 has been rescheduled to 2021 due to COVID-19.
The Olympic Torch Relay will start its journey on 25 March 2021 from the J-Village National Training Centre in Fukushima Prefecture, and then traverse all 47 prefectures across Japan over a period of 121 days @tokyo2020 @tokyo2020seika https://t.co/mvgwmmH3Zi
— IOC MEDIA (@iocmedia) September 28, 2020
However, IOC confirmed that there will no change in route as well as in schedule which was planned originally in reference to Olympic Torch relay.
As 2021 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake so the relay proceedings which will take place in 2021 will showcase the recovery of all those areas which has been impacted drastically from the natural disaster as the Olympic torch relay has been named as “Hope Lights our way”.
The torch will reach Tokyo on 9th July 2021 which will be used to ignite the flame at the Opening ceremony of the Olympic games which is scheduled on July 23rd 2021.
As part of the simplification efforts for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, after the one-year delay due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Grand Start of the Relay and other ceremonies will be scaled back, as will the number of operational staff. Also, COVID-19 countermeasures in regards to Olympic relay has not been announced yet and that will be announced after consulting with local health authorities and organizers in order to ensure the safe and smooth travel of Olympic relay from one place to another.
There will be 10,000 Torchbearers who will take part in the Olympic relay proceedings and there will be no addition in the list as it will remain the same as planned before. However, the local people have already raised their voices that holding Olympics next year in Tokyo will not be ideal for the country as they are going through a tough time due to novel coronavirus.