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Tokyo 2020 unveils details of Olympic flame arrival ceremony

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games(Tokyo 2020) on Friday unveiled details of the Olympic flame arrival ceremony, the first event of the overallTokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay to be held on Japanese soil. Due to take place on March 20, thisceremony will mark the arrival in Japan of the Olympic flame from Greece.
On March 12, the Olympic flame will be lit at the historic site of ancient Olympia in Greece. After aweek-long initial leg of the Olympic torch relay in Greece, a flame hand-over ceremony will take placeat the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on March 19. A special aircraft bearing the name Tokyo2020 Go will transport the Olympic flame to Japan, landing at JASDF Matsushima Air Base in MiyagiPrefecture on March 20. Upon its arrival in Japan, Tokyo 2020 will host an arrivalceremony to welcome the flame. Local children from Ishinomaki city, Higashi-matsushima city andOnagawa-cho in Miyagi Prefecture will welcome the symbolic Olympic flame.
Tadahiro Nomura and Saori Yoshida will undertake the role of delivering the Olympic flame from Greeceto Japan together with Tokyo 2020 representatives. During the arrival ceremony, they will have the responsibility of unveiling the flame in its first appearance on Japanese soil.
Retired Japanese Olympic wrestler Yoshida commented, When I brought back the Olympic flagfrom Rio de Janeiro as captain of the Japanese Olympic delegation, my heart swelled with pride knowingthat Tokyos turn was coming. I retired from wrestling afterwards, and it is now such an honor for me tofulfill this important role in bringing back the Olympic flame from Greece. I will be readying myself for it."
Added Japanese judo Olympian Nomura: I am very honored to take on the important roleof bringing the flame, the symbol of the Olympics, from Greece to Japan. The Olympics for me is a specialstage and I have devoted my entire life to challenging myself to perform on it. Best of all, Greece bringsback a lot of good memories for me. I would like to fulfill this great responsibility with the pride and the joyof delivering the Olympic Flame, which will be lit in ancient Olympia, to Japan with my own hands.


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