Flames from the cauldron rise in front of the official Olympic flag. (Photo by Allsport/Getty Images)

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – it was supposed to be the Olympics of the modern times in the city known for innovation. In an unexpected turn of events, the COVID-19 pandemic has completely swept through and turned the Olympic proceedings upside down.

Hope Lights Our Way

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will bear the concept of “Hope Lights Our Way.” Commencing on 25 March 2021 and travelling for 121 days across Japan, the relay will aim to showcase the recovery of the areas worst affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, as 2021 will mark its 10th anniversary.

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Additionally, in the current dark tunnel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the torch represents a beacon of hope for the world symbolizing resilience, unity and solidarity of humankind.

The Olympic council has simplified efforts of the Grand Start of the Torch Relay and other ceremonies besides reducing the number of operational staff.

Rest assured, the COVID-19 countermeasures for the relay will be in place after full consultation with experts and the public health authorities.

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The Olympic flame is preserved in the lantern. (Getty Images)