Olympic torch unveiled

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The torch for the 2020 Olympics has been unveiled in Tokyo.

The Olympic torch incorporates several elements of Japanese culture, and reinforces Tokyo 2020’s Olympic Torch Relay concept: “Hope lights our way”.

The concept is designed to bring the Japanese people together around messages of support, acceptance and encouragement of one another.

The torch relay will start in March, the same time as the cherry blossoms happen to bloom.

The torch design features five cylinders that represent petals of the beloved flower.

Flames are generated from each “petal”, which are united in the centre of the torch, lighting the way with greater brilliance.

The construction of the torch uses aluminium waste from temporary housing that was built in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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