VIDEO SHOWS: OLYMPIC FLAME DISPLAY CEREMONY / SOUNDBITES FROM MORI AND YAMASHITA / LANTERN WITH OLYMPIC FLAME INSIDE ON DISPLAY / EXTERIORS OF NATIONAL STADIUM / OLYMPIC RINGS WITH NATIONAL STADIUM IN BACKGROUND
SHOWS: TOKYO, JAPAN (AUGUST 31, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
1. TOKYO 2020 PRESIDENT YOSHIRO MORI HANDING OLYMPIC FLAME, INSIDE LANTERN, FORMALLY TO JAPANESE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (JOC) PRESIDENT YASUHIRO YAMASHITA
2. YAMASHITA PUTTING LANTERN ON PEDESTAL
3. CEREMONY UNDERWAY
4. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) TOKYO 2020 PRESIDENT, YOSHIRO MORI, SAYING:
"Next year, this flame will be carried by about 10,000 torchbearers and will light the Olympic cauldron. We would like to make efforts towards this so that we can ensure a great success of the Games."
5. VARIOUS OF OLYMPIC TORCH ON DISPLAY IN MUSEUM
6. MORI'S MOBILE PHONE RINGING WITH RINGTONE OF RUGBY WORLD CUP THEME SONG 'WORLD IN UNION' / MORI TURNING PHONE OFF
7. JOC LOGO ON WALL
8. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (JOC) PRESIDENT, YASUHIRO YAMASHITA, SAYING:
"I suppose athletes aiming to participate in the Olympics and Paralympics are training hard every day while having great anxiety (due to COVID-19). I am confident that this flame, which is displayed today, will be moral support for such athletes."
9. VARIOUS OF MORI AND YAMASHITA POSING NEXT TO LANTERN
10. VARIOUS OF LANTERN WITH OLYMPIC FLAME INSIDE ON DISPLAY
11. VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF NATIONAL STADIUM
12. NATIONAL STADIUM / JAPANESE OLYMPIC MUSEUM
13. VARIOUS OF JAPANESE OLYMPIC MUSEUM LOGO
14. VARIOUS OF CAMERAMAN FILMING OLYMPIC RINGS
15. VARIOUS OF OLYMPIC RINGS WITH NATIONAL STADIUM IN BACKGROUND
STORY: The Olympic flame will go on display at the Japanese Olympic Museum, which is located next to the National Stadium built for the now re-arranged Games, from Tuesday (September 1).
At a low-key ceremony to mark the flame display's unveiling on Monday (August 31), Tokyo officials reiterated their stance that the Olympics next year will be a symbol of hope for the world still recovering from the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The flame was last seen in Fukushima after the torch relay was cancelled following its arrival from Greece but before it could start on the planned tour of Japan after the decision to postpone the Games in March.
With the Olympics postponed until 2021, organisers had been discussing how best to store and present the Olympic flame whilst in Japan.
They have chosen to display the flame at the JOC museum which is near the National Stadium purpose-built for the Games.
The flame is held in a small lantern and will be on display in the corner of the museum's lobby.
To limit crowds gathering to view the flame there will be a reservation system with a designated date and time.
The flame will be on display from Sept. 1-Nov. 1.
(Production: Jack Tarrant)