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General Information of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Torch Relay

The Olympics Torch Relay starts with the kindling of the Olympic flame by the sun rays in Olympia, Greece. It is then followed by a relay around Greece. Later, the Olympic flame is transported to the host country where the Torch Relay is conducted till the Games’ Opening Ceremony.

The lighting of the Olympic flame is held a few months before the start of the Games at the sacred site of ancient Olympia, near the temple of Hera. Many people will then carry the torch a brief distance till it reaches the most site of the Games on the Opening Ceremony day. The ultimate runners carry the torch into the stadium and therefore the Olympic cauldron is then lit. It remains alight until the closings of the Games.

The Concept for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Torch Rela: Hope Lights Our Way

The concept for the Torch Relay of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic across Japan is going to be Hope Lights Our Way, uniting the Japanese people around messages of supporting, accepting and inspiring each other.

The Olympic flame is usually related to a message of peace and hope, because it is carried round the host nation, and intrinsically has become one among the foremost powerful symbols of the Olympic Movement. In 2020, the Olympic flame won’t only symbolize the sunrise of a replacement era spreading the hope which will light our way, but also will serve to spread the enjoyment and keenness of the Japanese round the Olympic movement because the Games approach.

Upon its arrival in the host country, the Olympic flame will be placed initially on display at a variety of locations within the Tohoku region, in order to underscore this message of hope within the areas suffering from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics Torch Relay Schedule

The Relay will visit all 47 prefectures in Japan, showcasing the numerous cultural and scenic attractions of every region.

Japan’s exhilarating Rugby World Cup run ended by South Africa

Japan’s dream Rugby World Cup campaign ended with a 26-3 defeat by South Africa in Tokyo.

The host country took the tournament by storm after winning all its group stage matches but was overpowered by a physical South African side in the quarterfinal clash on Sunday.

The victory means that the Springboks will next face Wales, having beat France 20-19 earlier in the day, with England and New Zealand contesting the other semifinal of the tournament.

A fourth-minute try from Makazole Mapimpi gave South Africa an early lead after the winger Yu Tamura’s tackle to run in from 25 meters.

Japan strongly came back, however, began to move the ball with trademark skill and speed that has worked so effectively so far in the tournament.

Although a try proved elusive, Tamura cut the deficit to 2 points with a penalty midway through the first half, 9 minutes after Tendai Mtawarira was yellow carded due to a dangerous tackle.

Damian De Allende was denied a goal on the stroke of half time as he was deemed to have got back to his feet having been tackled, which meaned the scores remained 5-3 at the break – the lowest-scoring first 40 of the Rugby World Cup so far.

Since then, South Africa took control of proceedings.

Japan, recorded a famous victory over South Africa at the last Rugby World Cup, had little answer to the visitors’ brute force. Though the “Miracle of Brighton” couldn’t be repeated in Tokyo, the Brave Blossoms bow out of the tournament with their heads held high after having reached the quarterfinals for the first time.

The progress throughout the tournament of Japan has gripped the host nation, with record numbers tuning in to follow their progress through the group stages.

Victories over Scotland and Ireland lifted Japan to an all-time high of sixth in the world rankings, but this South African side, going in search of a record-equaling third Rugby World Cup title, proved a bridge too far.