Tokyo, Jun 1: The organisers of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Saturday unveiled the torchbearer uniform design based on the torch relay concept "Hope Lights Our Way."
The torchbearer uniform features the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay emblem on the front and the Olympic symbol on the back, representing different countries, cultures and ways of thinking. It incorporates a diagonally-draped sash of the type used in place of batons in Ekiden, Japan's famous long distance relays.
Introducing an element of Japanese tradition, the design also embodies respect for the Olympic Torch Relay and aspirations for the success of the Games. With the collection and recycling of plastic bottles beforehand, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay uniform will be produced in part using recycled materials.
"I have interpreted the Olympic Torch Relay as being something that connects torchbearers and their thoughts," uniform designer Daisuke Obana said. "In Japan, these Games are being referred to as 'the Recovery Games' and the Olympic flame will start its journey from an area affected by recent natural disasters. I hope that the Olympic flame that is transported to Japan will bring with it the encouragement and thoughts of people from all over the world," he added. (UNI)