THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) HAS CONGRATULATED THE TOKYO 2020 ORGANISING COMMITTEE ON THE START OF THE TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY, TODAY, IN FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN. THE GRAND START OF THE OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY MARKS THE START OF THE OLYMPIC FLAME’S JOURNEY ACROSS ALL OF JAPAN’S 47 PREFECTURES, BEFORE IT ARRIVES IN TOKYO FOR THE OPENING OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES ON 23 JULY THIS YEAR.
IOC President Thomas Bach said: “Earlier today, the world watched with great enthusiasm how the Olympic flame began its journey around Japan. Congratulations to the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Japanese people for this achievement.
“Inspired by the Olympic values of peace and solidarity, the Olympic Torch Relay will carry Tokyo 2020’s message, ‘hope lights our way’, across Japan and the world. It will also acknowledge the challenges faced by society since last year, highlighting the importance of unity and solidarity within humankind, showing that we can only become stronger – together.”
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