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Updated : December 13, 2019

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torchbearer Solicitation(Application period:December 16,2019-February 15, 2020)


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Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay Saitama Organizing Committee (Saitama Organizing Committee) is calling for those interested in bearing the Paralympic Torch in the Torch Relay to run through Saitama to apply.

Any person “determined to be a torchbearer on the Saitama route” is asked to check the Application Guideline(PDF:204KB) and apply.

Please be advised that you may not make a duplicate application with another Paralympic Torch Relay organization committee of another prefecture. 

Application Period

December 16, 2019 – February 15, 2020

Number of Torchbearers

29 people

Application Criteria

Applicant must meet all the following conditions:

Born on or before April 1, 2008

Parental consent is required for any applicant who will be under 18 years of age as of August 1, 2020 (The first day of Paralympic Torch Relay).

Applicant must have some association with Saitama prefecture

A person living/ working/attending school or had lived/worked/attended school in Saitama; or has activity history in Saitama; or family members or relatives living in Saitama etc.

Applicant must be able to safely bear the Paralympic Torch by the applicant’s own accord.

May be supported by a helper under certain circumstances.



Nationality, gender and having disability or not are unquestioned. 


An individual who intends to use the opportunity to convey political or religious messages may not apply.

An individual who is a public officer (a member of Parliament, a member of a local public body, a head of a local autonomy) under the Public Officers Election Law, or an individual who is a leader or equivalent of a political party or a political organization may not apply.

A religious person who has been evaluated by religious achievements may not apply.


*Each torch bearer is expected to run for about 200 m. (Please be advised that actual running distance may be longer or shorter than 200 m.)

*3 runners, as selected by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, will run as one team.

Please refer to Application Guideline(PDF:204KB) for details.

Paralympic Torch Relay Dates(Saitama Prefecture)

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Relay Route (Saitama Prefecture)

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Segment 1:Satte

Segment 2:Hasuda, Shiraoka

Segment 3:Kawajima

Segment 4:Iruma

Segment 5:Asaka

Selection Method and Selection Notification

Selection method

Saitama Organizing Committee will evaluate applications and recommend torchbearer candidates to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee. Tokyo Organizing Committee will make the final selection. Only the application form and mandatory information provided therein shall be evaluated. Kindly refrain from attaching additional information materials to your application. Application forms and any additional material enclosed shall not be returned.

Selection notification

 Saitama Organizing Committee will issue a selection notification bulletin around the middle of May 2020 (tentative).

The Tokyo Organizing Committee will issue an official selection notification to the selected torchbearers at a later date.


*Selected torchbearers will be notified of details on the route to run by the Tokyo Organizing Committee in late June 2020 or later. Notice of non-selection shall not be issued. However, should any selected torchbearer withdraw 2 weeks prior to the torch relay run date, an alternate torchbearer will be selected from the non-successful applicants, who will be notified by the Tokyo Organizing Committee.

Application guideline


Ensure to check the entire Application Guideline posted at the link below:

Entire Application Guideline → Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay Saitama Organizing Committee Paralympic Torchbearer Application Guideline(PDF:204KB)

Application Method

For the application form →  Saitama Electronic Application/Filing Service

Any person wishing to apply by filling out an application on paper form for unavoidable reasons, click on the link below to download the application form and mail to the following address. Filled out application form must be received by the Organizing Committee on or before February 15, 2020.

Download form    →    Application form(PDF:802KB)

Mailing address for application form (Must arrive on or before February 15, 2020)

Attention: Saitama Olympic Torchbearer Office,

Postal Code:300-0854

Adress:Stop at Omiya JP Building Postoffice ,1-7-5Sakuragicho, Omiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama

*Only the application form shall be evaluated. Kindly refrain from attaching additional information materials to your application. Application forms shall not be returned.


Torchbearer Application Call Center of Tokyo 2020 Saitama Torch Relay Organizing Committee


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