[Kyodo News, November 2] The torch used in the torch relay of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics began touring in Tokyo on the 2nd. It was unveiled on the first day in the Olympic promotion area on the second floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's First Main Building. Until July 3 next year, it will take about 8 months to tour 62 cities, towns and villages in Tokyo, including islands, to create momentum for the Tokyo Olympics.
The torch for the Olympic and Paralympic Games was displayed on the day. It also appeared in the metropolitan government from July to August last year. Unlike last time, this time you cannot hold the torch for taking pictures, but you can watch the torch in the box up close. A torch will be prepared for each torchbearer during the formal relay.
The torchbearer who planned to pass the torch this time, the swimmer Take Uji Satoko (78 years old, Kita Ward, Tokyo) of the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, came to the promotion area to watch the torch and cheered, "It's so beautiful. I want to take it back now."
Take Uji has been operating swimming training courses for children with asthma for more than 30 years. He expressed his enthusiasm that he would participate in the pass-through activities for the students and "bring them vitality."
The Olympic flame relay will start from Fukushima Prefecture on March 25 next year, and the relay period in Tokyo will be from July 9 to 23. Paralympic related activities will start on August 12, and the pass in Tokyo will be from August 20 to 24. (Finish)