Tokyo 2020; Paralympic Torch Manufacturing Process Video

In line with the concept ‘Share Your Light’, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch will be created in Tokyo in August 2020 by the coming together of the collective passion of everyone who is supporting the Paralympics.

The torch for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay will symbolise the coming together of the sentiments of everyone involved with and supporting the Paralympic Games.

The shape of Japan – a cherry blossom motif
The torch for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay has been created in a traditional form using the aluminium extrusion manufacturing technology used in the production of the shinkansen bullet train.

Completely seamless – produced from a single sheet of metal.
A form that symbolises the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay created by Japanese tradition and advanced technological capabilities.


Video: The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games on YouTube

Tokyo 2020; Paralympic Games Medals


©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) unveiled the official design of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic medals today, exactly one year before the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Designs for the medal ribbon and case were also unveiled.

The design is centred around the motif of a traditional Japanese fan, depicting the Paralympic Games as the source of a fresh new wind refreshing the world as well as a shared experience connecting diverse hearts and minds. The kaname, or pivot point, holds all parts of the fan together; here it represents Para athletes bringing people together regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Motifs on the leaves of the fan depict the vitality of people’s hearts and symbolise Japan’s captivating and life-giving natural environment in the form of rocks, flowers, wood, leaves, and water. These are applied with a variety of techniques, producing a textured surface that makes the medals compelling to touch.

Braille letters spell out “Tokyo 2020” on the medals’ face. A series of circular indentations on the side of the medals – one for gold, two for silver, three for bronze – make the medal types easy to distinguish by touch, the first time in Paralympic history that this provision has been made for athletes with a vision impairment.

As part of the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, Tokyo 2020 Paralympic medals are being manufactured from recycled precious metals extracted from mobile phones and other small electronic devices donated by the public.



Weight (without ribbon or pin)
-Gold: about 526g
-Silver: about 520g
-Bronze: about 430g

-Thinnest point: 7.5 mm
-Thickest point: 10.7 mm

-85 mm

-Gold: over 6 grams of gold plating on pure silver
-Silver: pure silver
-Bronze: red brass (95% copper, 5% zinc)


Medal designer

Sakiko Matsumoto
-Designer, Hakuhodo Products, Inc.





©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


The medal ribbons, in the Games’ colours of crimson and cherry blossom, employ traditional Japanese design motifs of harmonised chequered emblems (kumiichi matsumon) in a design that expresses both the festive spirit of the Games and the principle of “Unity in Diversity”. Silicon convex dots – one for gold, two for silver, and three for bronze – are applied to the ribbon’s reverse side, enabling visually-impaired individuals to easily identify the medal type at a touch.


Medal case design

©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


The indigo wooden cases are individually hand-crafted from Japanese ash by highly skilled artisans. The unique wood grain of each case represents the diversity of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The circular case and lid are magnetised, allowing the medal to be displayed as if it is cradled within linked rings.


Source: The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020; Venues Paralympic Games

Fuji International Speedway. Courtesy of Tokyo 2020.


Venue Zone Sport / Discipline
Olympic Stadium Heritage Zone Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Heritage Zone Table Tennis
Yoyogi National Stadium Heritage Zone Badminton, Wheelchair Rugby
Nippon Budokan Heritage Zone Judo
Tokyo International Forum Heritage Zone Powerlifting
Equestrian Park Heritage Zone Equestrian
Musashino Forest Sport Plaza Heritage Zone Wheelchair Basketball
Ariake Arena Tokyo Bay Zone Wheelchair Basketball
Ariake Gymnastics Centre Tokyo Bay Zone Boccia
Ariake Tennis Park Tokyo Bay Zone Wheelchair Tennis
Odaiba Marine Park Tokyo Bay Zone Triathlon
Aomi Urban Sports Park Tokyo Bay Zone Football 5-a-side
Sea Forest Waterway Tokyo Bay Zone Canoe, Rowing
Yumenoshima Park Archery Field Tokyo Bay Zone Archery
Tokyo Aquatics Centre Tokyo Bay Zone Swimming
Makuhari Messe Hall A Tokyo Bay Zone Sitting Volleyball
Makuhari Messe Hall B Tokyo Bay Zone Taekwondo, Wheelchair Fencing
Makuhari Messe Hall C Tokyo Bay Zone Goalball
Asaka Shooting Range Shooting
Izu Velodrome Cycling (track)
Fuji International Speed Way Cycling (road)
Paralympic Village Tokyo Bay Zone
IBC/MPC Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight) Tokyo Bay Zone

Tokyo 2020; Paralympic Games, 1 Year to Go: Press release by the IPC


Tokyo 2020: Sport that will change the world
Ahead of the one year to go celebrations this Sunday (25 August), International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons says he believes the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be the best yet in terms of athletic sporting performances and will change Japanese society forever.

The Brazilian is confident Tokyo 2020 will build on the achievements of previous Games and may even surpass the successes of London 2012, a Games widely regarded as the best yet.

Parsons said: “With one year to go, I could not be more optimistic about how successful the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be.

“I am certain the Games will be the best yet in terms of sporting performances and, with record global TV audiences and massive crowds set to watch the Games, Tokyo 2020 will have more impact on transforming society than any previous Paralympics.

“Preparations for the Games are going really well. All the venues are on schedule, the Paralympic village with its sensational city views is looking absolutely stunning, and I know that when Para athletes arrive next year they will feel at home in Tokyo.

“With such conditions, athletes will be happy and happy athletes perform to the best of their abilities. I am fully confident we will witness an outstanding showcase of sport next year, sport that will have a transformational impact on how people perceive persons with disabilities around the world.”


Around 4,350 Para athletes from more than 160 countries are set to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with 540 gold medals up for grabs across 22 sports. The Games will benefit from far more broadcast coverage than ever before with 21 disciplines from 19 sports set to be shown live. At Rio 2016 just 12 sports were available to broadcasters and Parsons thinks the vastly improved TV coverage will have a significant impact, not just on global viewing figures, but on the lives of the world’s one billion persons with disabilities.

“With more live sport than ever before and more broadcasters around the world screening the Games, Tokyo 2020 will smash all viewing records and exceed the cumulative 4.1 billion people who enjoyed the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games,” said Parsons.

“The combination of outstanding sport, stunning venues, billions of global TV viewers and millions of spectators enjoying the sport in venues makes me hugely excited for Tokyo 2020. But what excites me the most is the impact the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will have on society. Through sport, the Games will act as a catalyst to empower persons with disabilities, influence political leaders to pursue the inclusion agenda and will advance societal change. I know these changes will happen because if you look around in Japan you can already see the changes taking place.”

According to Parsons, the Games have already triggered improvements to Tokyo’s transport infrastructure, led to new legislation regarding accessible hotel rooms and put mobility and social inclusion high on the agenda of politicians and commercial organisations in the country.

“The Paralympic Games advance human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals more than any other sport event, they truly are a celebration of human diversity and human potential. For too long persons with disabilities in Japan have not played an active role in society but Tokyo hosting the Paralympic Games is changing this,” explained Parsons.

“So much progress has been made in the last six years, progress that probably would not have taken place had Tokyo not won the right to stage the Paralympics. Paralympians are featuring in advertising campaigns, the employment rate of persons with disabilities is increasing and politicians are showing a real hunger to get involved and tackle the issues.

“What is important now is that with one year to go everyone works together to maximise the potential of these Games as they really could be the best ever and change Japan forever,” he added.


The IPC President is full of excitement for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and has praised the Organising Committee for appropriately pricing tickets to attract family audiences.

“I want everyone who comes to the Paralympics to have a life-changing experience. This is why I am so happy that ticket prices and the sport schedule for the Games have been designed with a family audience in mind,” Parsons said.

“The Paralympics is very special and almost unique in the fact that it is one of the few major global sport events that you can afford to attend together with your whole family.

“In Tokyo, like previous Games, I know the venues will be packed full of whole generations of the same family. The Paralympics are a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness one of the world’s biggest sport events with the people you love the most. The sport will be spectacular and the atmosphere outstanding.

“With Paralympic interest and awareness levels much higher than they were with one year to go until London 2012, I am expecting there to be a very strong demand for tickets.”

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will take place between 25 August and 6 September and tickets for the event are now on sale. In Japan, they can be purchased at

International visitors can register for tickets through the official National Paralympic Committees and Authorised Ticket Resellers

Tokyo 2020; Pictograms Paralympic Games

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has unveiled the design of the pictograms for the next Paralympic Games.

Facts & Figures

  • Designer: Masaaki Hiromura (1954, graphic designer)
  • 23 Designs
  • 22 Sports
  • Two sets: Frame type and Free type
  • Colour variations: Blue (like the Tokyo 2020 emblems) and five other traditional Japanese colours: kurenai, ai, sakura, fuji and matsuba.


Concept video


Introduction video


Pictograms Frame type

Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games


Pictograms Free type

Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games


“It is a real honour to have participated in the design of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games sport pictograms. I have tried to express the dynamic beauty of the athletes through these pictograms, while respecting the legacy bequeathed by the pioneers of the Japanese design industry in their designs for the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games. The 2020 designs took us almost two years to complete and they embody the thoughtful input of the many people involved. I hope that these pictograms will inspire everyone and help generate excitement for the different sports at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, and that they will colourfully decorate the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.”

Masaaki Hiromura, designer of the Tokyo 2020 pictograms

Tokyo 2020; Paralympic Marathon Course

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Tokyo, 8 April 2019 – The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today confirmed the route of the Paralympic marathon events, following its approval by the World Para Athletics organisation. For the first time in recent Paralympic history, the course will not only follow the same route as the Olympic marathon, but will start and finish at the same location too – Tokyo’s new National Stadium (Olympic Stadium). It is hoped this will provide an unforgettable experience for the athletes and for the spectators who will cheer them on.

Traversing the heart of the Japanese capital, the route will take in famous Tokyo landmarks including the Kaminarimon (“Thunder Gate”) in Asakusa, the Imperial Palace, Ginza’s upmarket Chuo Street, the Zojoii temple with the city’s iconic Tokyo Tower as a backdrop, and Nihombashi bridge, the historic centre of the Japanese capital. The climax of the race will see para-athletes running the final stretch leading to the new Stadium uphill.

There will be five different marathon races; men and women’s T12, for athletes with visual impairments; men’s T46, for runners with upper limb deficiency); and men and women’s T54, for those in wheelchairs other than cerebral palsy. All athletes will run the same course.





Aerial Image: Google Earth. Edited by Architecture of the Games



Course Elevation

Image: Google Earth. Edited by Architecture of the Games


Time-lapse video by Tokyo2020