Hope Lights Our Way, the theme for the 2020 Olympic Games

Since the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics is fast approaching, millions of tourists and sports enthusiasts across the globe are looking forward to attending the said international multi sports event. The Olympic Games will feature thirty three different sports and more than three hundred events to be held from July 24 to August 9 of next year and will be followed by the Paralympics from August 25 to September 6, 2020.

 

One of the highlights of the Tokyo Summer Olympics is the Torch Relay. The organizing committee of the 2020 Games revealed that the said relay will pass through well known major Japanese landmarks which include famous heritage sites and areas affected by recent calamities in Japan. According to the organizers, the torch will begin its journey in Fukushima Prefecture’s J-Village on March 26, 2020, an operational base for dealing with the nuclear crisis. It will continue to light its way across forty seven prefectures in Japan in order to give enthusiasm and hope to these disaster stricken areas.

 

Photo credit to: https://www.olympicchannel.com

Event organizers have already mapped out the route which is designed to run through different regions that possess different attractions, whether natural or man-made, to allow the participants and spectators from all over the world to experience the various features Japan has to offer.

 

Among the attractions include famous landmarks such as Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest mountain, and the Itsukushima Shrine with the well-known floating torii gate located in Miyajima Island of the Hiroshima Prefecture. Both of these are World Heritage sites selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (otherwise known as the UNESCO) having been adjudged to be relevant accomplishments by humanity and preserving them in the annals of history as proof of our race’s intellectual capabilities.

 

Included as well in the relay will be the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which is dedicated to the victims of the first atomic bombing and the Tomioka Silk Mill in Gunma Prefecture which represents Japan’s industrial boom in the 19 th century.

 

The Olympic torch relay will begin at Tokyo’s New National Stadium and all those of legal age – at least 18 years old – are welcome to participate as torch bearers provided they have a significant relation with the prefecture they wish to participate in. Those below 18 years old must obtain the permission of a parent or guardian.

 

Around ten thousand torch bearers may participate over the entire course of the relay. The organizers will open the application for bearers on June 17 this year.

 

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2020 Tokyo Olympics torch relay to pass through disaster-hit areas, World Heritage sites

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