Japanese engineering company reveals high-tech torch for the 2020 Olympic relay
The Japanese firm presents the official torch for the 2020 Olympics, which can keep its flame alive under heavy rains, 38 mph winds, and was made with recycled aluminum from shelters used after the 2011 Fukushima disaster
- Shinfuji Burner Co. has revealed the official torch for the 2020 Olympics
- It was inspired by cherry blossom and made with recycled materials.
- The torch combines two different types of fire and can withstand wind and rain.
Today in Japan, the official torch was presented to be used in the 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay before the Summer Games in Tokyo.
The torch was designed by Shinfuji Burner Co, has produced camp stoves, gas lanterns and a variety of other gas lighting devices.
The design features a central cylinder wrapped by five external cylinders intended to evoke the five petals of the cherry blossom.
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The torch for the official 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay was presented in Japan, designed by Shinfuji Burner Co.
Each of the five outer cylinders will carry a flame that will be mixed at the top of the torch, and the central cylinder will have a second blue flame made with a higher oxygen mixture that will allow it to withstand extreme weather conditions.
According to a report in Asahi Shimbun, the flame can withstand winds of up to 38 mph and rainfall of up to two inches per hour.
“It would be unforgivable if the flame went out during the torch relay,” Shinfuji’s Hiroshi Yamamoto told The Asahi Shimbun.
“I couldn’t afford to enjoy the challenge and I only felt pressure, but I found the project very rewarding.”
The torch housing was made with 30 percent recycled aluminum taken from temporary houses built to house people after the Fukushima disaster in 2011.
Shinfuji will produce 10,000 torches, approximately one for each of the approximately 10,000 runners that will carry the Olympic flame.
They will take turns executing segments of a course that will pass through the 47 prefectures of Japan before finally taking it to Tokyo for the Opening Ceremony on July 24.
Before deciding on the final design, Shinfuji created more than 100 different prototypes, using a small team of designers and engineers who vowed to keep the secret.
The torch is made with 30 percent recycled aluminum taken from temporary shelters created for displaced people during the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
The design was inspired by cherry blossom and combines two different types of flames to ensure it can stay lit with winds of 38 mph and rainfall of up to two inches per hour
The team conducted the final tests in a baseball stadium covered with rain and wind machines.
The Olympic torch relay will begin on March 26, 2020 in Fukushima Prefecture and will continue for 121 days.
The torch weighs 2.5 pounds and is a little more than two feet long.
TOKYO 2020 – KEY DATES
July 24: Opening Ceremony
July 25 – August 6: swimming
July 25 – August 2: tennis
July 31 – August 9: athletics
August 3-9: track cycling
August 8: football final
August 9: Closing Ceremony