Tokyo 2020 Unveils Details of Greece Torch Relay Events

Tokyo, 11 November 2019 – The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today unveiled details of the Olympic Torch Relay and Olympic Flame Lighting and Handover Ceremony, both of which will take place in Greece prior to the Olympic Flame’s journey to Japan, and is organised by the Hellenic Olympic Committee.

Flame Lightning Ceremony Overview

The Flame Lighting Ceremony will take place in Ancient Olympia, home of the ancient Games in Greece, on 12 March 2020. At the Temple of Hera, a modern High Priestess will ignite the Olympic flame in the traditional way by using the rays of the sun and a parabolic mirror.

Flame Lighting Ceremony Agenda

  • Remarks by representatives from the IOC, HOC and Tokyo 2020
  • Igniting of the Olympic flame
  • Igniting of the first torchbearer’s torch using the Olympic Flame
  • Commencement of the Greece leg of the Olympic torch relay

Greek Olympic Torch Relay and Torchbearers

The Greek leg of the Torch Relay will run for eight days across Greece from 12 to 19 March 2020, with the torchbearers including Japanese athletes Mizuki Noguchi, Tadahiro Nomura and Saori Yoshida. The Olymipc Flame will then make its way to the host country of Japan.

Flame Handover Ceremony Overview

Following the Torch Relay Greek Leg, a ceremony to mark the handover of the Flame from the Hellenic Olympic Committee to Tokyo 2020 representatives will be held at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on 19 March 2020. The ceremony will be open to the public. After a cultural performance by Greek dancers and entertainers, the host country of Japan will stage its own cultural performance, under the direction of EXILE HIRO.

Flame Handover Ceremony Agenda

  • Remarks by representatives from the Hellenic Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020
  • Cultural performances by Greece and Japan
  • A torchbearer will enter the Panathenaic Stadium and lit the Olympic flame on a celebration cauldron, which will subsequently make its way to Japan.


Details of these will be advised as soon as they are decided.

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