A new, specially commissioned Paralympic Heritage Flame Cauldron is to be created for the fourth Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony on Thursday 20 August 2020, and future, Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting events at Hospitality Assured client, Stoke Mandeville Stadium.
Taking place at the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, the Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony promises to be another spectacular outdoor celebration and will form part of the five-day-long official Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay. The cauldron will be an integral part of the ceremony and wider heritage celebration event for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay and future Paralympic Torch Relays. Positioned in pride of place, the cauldron will be used to light the Paralympic Heritage Flame which is then virtually passed to the hosting country.
In Tokyo, groups of three torchbearers will transport the flame to three regions in Japan. The flames will visit: schools, hospitals and facilities connected with the Paralympics, and this year a digital flame has been approved for sharing on social media. The flame will then return to Tokyo to be brought back together to form the Paralympic Flame. The number three is symbolic of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, the objective of which is to work towards a: “fully-inclusive society that celebrates our different values and potential – regardless of age, gender, nationality, or impairment.”
Councillor Paul Irwin, Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: “I am extremely proud of our Paralympic heritage. The eyes of the world will be focused on Stoke Mandeville Stadium on Thursday 20 August 2020 as AVDC and our event partners stage another world-class event, celebrating disability and inclusivity in sport and sending our best wishes and support to all Paralympians in Tokyo.”
The Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony partners include AVDC, WheelPower, More Leisure (operators of Stoke Mandeville Stadium), The International Paralympic Committee, British Paralympic Association, and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games organisers. Read more here
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