IOC chief says Tokyo Olympics flame to be lit on March 11, 2020

The Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo will take place on March 11 of that year, the ninth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated a large part of northeastern Japan, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Saturday.

«I think this is a wonderful idea,» Bach said in an interview with Kyodo News in Jakarta, a day before he attends the closing ceremony of the Asian Games, the largest multisport event in the world behind the Olympics. «The IOC has already accepted this idea.»

The Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee had proposed the date, but Bach’s statement was the first public announcement of the IOC’s support to hold the ceremony on the disaster’s anniversary.

All — Kyodo News+

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