Beijing 2022; Torch Design



Press release

Beijing 2022 unveils Olympic torch as one-year countdown begins

Beijing will light the Olympic flame for a second time with ‘a blazing ribbon’after organizers unveiled an ethereal yet dynamic torch design for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 to kick off the one-year countdown.

The Olympic torch, both named as “Flying”, debuted at a ceremony in Beijing’s iconic 2008 Summer Games venue the National Aquatics Center on Thursday where the curling competition will take place in 2022, marking the start of the 365-day countdown to the opening of the Games on Feb 4 next year.

The torch spirals upward to resemble two overlapping fluttering ribbons. The inner red ribbon evokes rising flames, with the outer one plated in silver to produce a striking contrast.

Beaming with dynamism and vitality, the two-tone torch presents a metaphor of ice and fire, symbolizing how it will bring light and warmth to the winter sports celebration.

The torch features the emblem of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on its mid-section, with patterns of clouds and snowflakes painted from the bottom up to the flame.

As the torch turns, the whirling red line hidden in the gap seems to stretch endlessly, representing mankind’s relentless pursuit of light, peace, excellence and the values promoted by the Olympic Movement.

“To introduce the torch at the start of the one-year countdown, we wish to kindle the enthusiasm and anticipation for the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games all around the world,” said Wang Xiangyu, a deputy director of the Culture and Ceremonies Department of the Beijing 2022 organizing committee.

“The successful design of the torch has proved again that the Olympics always set the stage for the integration of sports, culture, art and science.”

To honor Beijing’s status as the world’s first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics, the 2022 torch features a similar design to the 2008 Games’ main cauldron, which resembled a giant scroll, highlighting the Olympic spirit’s legacy in the Chinese capital.

The cloud patterns covering the handle of the torch also draws inspiration from the main visual element of the 2008 torch, according to the design team.

“By using the same color combination and by sharing similar artistic elements with the 2008 torch, we aim to extend auspicious greetings to the world as we did at the Summer Games and to showcase Beijing’s rich Olympic culture,” said Li Jianye, the designer of the torch’s appearance.

Sharing the same structure and patterns, the torch for the Paralympic Winter Games, which was also unveiled on Thursday, features a different color scheme of gold and silver. The lower section of the torch is engraved with Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Braille.

Another design highlight allows both torches to lock into each other at the top when torchbearers exchange the flame during the Torch Relay, symbolizing Beijing 2022’s vision to promote mutual understanding and respect between different cultures.

The final design was selected from 182 entries into a global competition launched in April 2020.The combination of Chinese aesthetic value, traditional cultural connotations and advanced technology helped the winning design team stand out, according to the judge.

“The current design strikes a perfect balance between the expression of the host nation’s culture, Olympism and the demonstration of the latest industrial technology,” said Lu Xiaobo, a member on the judging panel and dean of the Academy of Arts and Design at Tsinghua University.

Using a combustion system developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the torch fueled by hydrogen most of the time (propane at certain circumstances), was designed and has undergone rigorous testing to burn reliably in most weather conditions and to withstand strong winds and extreme low temperatures.

Made of carbon-fiber materials, the torch is light in weight and resistant to high temperatures.

Planning for the Torch Relay and selection of torchbearers for the Games are underway with detailed information to be released in due course, according to the Beijing 2022 organizing committee.


Tokyo 2020; Press release: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay postponed

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay postponed

On 24 March, the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

In the light of this postponement, Tokyo 2020 has decided to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay scheduled to start on 26 March. We will announce revised dates for the Torch Relay after the new schedule for the Tokyo 2020 Games has been fixed, and renew our preparations for a vigorous Grand Start event that will bring people together again.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused to our partner organisations, each prefectural taskforce and the many other stakeholders who have made such great efforts to prepare for the Relay, and we ask for your continued cooperation. We will consider measures that allow torchbearers who were selected to run in the now postponed event to be given priority in the selection process for the new Torch Relay.


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

Tokyo 2020; Torch Relay: Route Map & Schedule

Route Map

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Prefecture Date
1 Fukushima 26-28 Mar. 2020
2 Tochigi 29-30 Mar. 2020
3 Gunma 31 Mar.-1 Apr. 2020
4 Nagano 2-3 Apr. 2020
5 Gifu 4-5 Apr. 2020
6 Aichi 6-7 Apr. 2020
7 Mie 8-9 Apr. 2020
8 Wakayama 10-11 Apr. 2020
9 Nara 12-13 Apr. 2020
10 Osaka 14-15 Apr. 2020
11 Tokushima 16-17 Apr. 2020
12 Kagawa 18-19 Apr. 2020
13 Kochi 20-21 Apr. 2020
14 Ehime 22-23 Apr. 2020
15 Oita 24-25 Apr. 2020
16 Miyazaki 26-27 Apr. 2020
17 Kagoshima 28-29 Apr. 2020
18 Okinawa 2-3 May 2020
19 Kumamoto 6-7 May 2020
20 Nagasaki 8-9 May 2020
21 Saga 10-11 May 2020
22 Fukuoka 12-13 May 2020
23 Yamaguchi 14-15 May 2020
24 Shimane 16-17 May 2020
25 Hiroshima 18-19 May 2020
26 Okayama 20-21 May 2020
27 Tottori 22-23 May 2020
28 Hyogo 24-25 May 2020
29 Kyoto 26-27 May 2020
30 Shiga 28-29 May 2020
31 Fukui 30-31 May 2020
32 Ishikawa 1-2 Jun. 2020
33 Toyama 3-4 Jun. 2020
34 Niigata 5-6 Jun. 2020
35 Yamagata 7-8 Jun. 2020
36 Akita 9-10 Jun. 2020
37 Aomori 11-12 Jun. 2020
38 Hokkaido 14-15 Jun. 2020
39 Iwate 17-19 Jun. 2020
40 Miyagi 20-22 Jun. 2020
41 Shizuoka 24-26 Jun. 2020
42 Yamanashi 27-28 Jun. 2020
43 Kanagawa 29 Jun.-1 Jul. 2020
44 Chiba 2-4 Jul. 2020
45 Ibaraki 5-6 Jul. 2020
46 Saitama 7-9 Jul. 2020
47 Tokyo 10-24 Jul. 2020


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Tokyo 2020; Torch Relay: Handover Ceremony


The Handover Ceremony of the Olympic Flame to the Organizing Committee “Tokyo 2020”, staged by the Hellenic Olympic Committee, will take place on Thursday, March 19th at 11:30 am at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens.

There will be a Relay in the Stadium with two Greek torchbearers, the Olympic medalists Lefteris Petrounias and Katerina Stefanidi. The cauldron inside the stadium will then be lit.
The President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and IOC Member Mr Spyros Capralos will deliver a short speech followed by a video message from the President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee Mr. Yoshiro Mori.

President Capralos will then receive the Olympic Flame from the High Priestess Xanthi Georgiou before handing it over to the representative of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Ms Naoko Imoto, an Olympian in swimming at the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996, who is currently working for UNICEF in Greece as Chief of Education.
The Flame will thus begin its journey to the host city of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The Handover Ceremony will be closed to the public and accredited guests. It will only be attended by representatives of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and selected representatives of the press.

The ceremony will be broadcast live by the Olympic Channel and ERT (National Greek Television).


Source: Hellenic Olympic Committee


Note: All times are local time



A live stream will be available on the website of the Olympic Channel.

Tokyo 2020; Torch Relay: Greek leg of the Olympic Torch Relay cancelled

Press release Hellenic Olympic Committee

The Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) regrets very much that it has to announce the cancellation of the up-coming legs of the Greek leg of the Olympic Torch Relay. This is even more regrettable after the huge success of the relay during its first two days with big crowds gathering along the route and at the ceremonies. Unfortunately, the latest developments concerning the spread of the COVID-19 virus has led the HOC, in association with the Greek Ministry of Health, to the conclusion that this was the best possible decision in order to contribute to the containment of the virus. The Olympic Flame will be handed over as planned to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee on Thursday, March 19th at the Panathenaic Stadium, although there will be no public in attendance.

Today’s decision was supported by the International Olympic Committee.


IOC Statement

We fully understand the decision taken by the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) in association with the Greek Ministry of Health to cancel the Greek leg of the Olympic Torch Relay. The handover of the Olympic Flame will happen as scheduled on 19 March 2020. The International Olympic Committee confirms its full commitment to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.


Tokyo 2020; Torch Relay: Programme Lighting Ceremony


11:15 Closing time for admission of VIPs
Entry of the Presidential Guard
11:25 Arrival of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos
11:30 Opening of the Ceremony
Olympic Rings formed by pupils of Ancient Olympia

Οlympic Anthem – Hoisting of the Olympic Flag

National Anthem of Japan – Hoisting of the Japanese Flag

National Anthem of Greece – Hoisting of the Greek Flag

The anthems are performed by the Children’s and Youth Choir of Lavreotiki Municipality

Address by the Mayor of Ancient Olympia, Mr. Georgios Georgiopoulos

Address by the special representative of the President of the “TOKYO 2020” Organising Committee, Mr. Toshiaki Endo

Address by the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Thomas Bach

Address by the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and Member of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Spyros Capralos

Entry of the designated officials in the Temple of Hera

Ritual of the Lighting Ceremony at the Temple of Hera

Entry of the High Priestess and the Priestesses into the Ancient Stadium with the Olympic Flame

Dance performance by the Priestesses

Handing over of the Olympic Flame by the High Priestess to the first Torchbearer

Departure of the first Torchbearer for the Pierre de Coubertin Monument

Opening of the Olympic Torch Relay

End of the Ceremony

Source: Hellenic Olympic Committee

Note: All times are local time



A live stream will be available on the website of the International Olympic Committee.


Details of the Greek leg of the Torch Relay

  • Lighting Ceremony: 12 March 2020 near the Temple of Hera at the sacred site of Ancient Olympia
  • Duration: 8 days in Greece
  • Length: 3,200 kilometers
  • Cities: 31
  • Archaeological sites: 15
  • Ceremonies: 28
  • Number of torchbearers: 600
  • Handover Ceremony: 19 March 2020 at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens

Tokyo 2020; Design for Olympic Torch Relay Convoy vehicles unveiled

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Design Concept

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Convoy vehicle markings are designed to embody the Torch Relay concept “Hope Lights Our Way.” The ochre-coloured part and the flame emblazoned along the sides of the car bodies depict the journey of the Torch Relay; a distinctive touch is added by the application of the fukibokashi colour gradation techniques used in traditional woodblock printing to the background landscape.


Source / Read more: Website Tokyo 2020.