Judo’s only three-time Olympic champion NOMURA Tadahiro unveiled the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch on Wednesday.

Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Official Ambassador NOMURA, who won Olympic gold at Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, said: “When I heard the news of my appointment, I was really surprised and very happy.

“As an Olympian, I have participated in the Olympic Games many times, and I think that the torch is something special for all of us who love the Olympic Games and love sport.

“I hope that all of you will enjoy the Tokyo 2020 Games and that your smiles will live on. Let's enjoy the Games together!”

The Torch and its emblem will feature strongly in the build-up to the Games across the whole of Japan, and their unveiling comes exactly one year before the flame is due to arrive from Greece at Matsushima Airbase in Miyagi prefecture.

The Torch Relay Emblem is designed to act as a symbol for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay. As such, it also reflects the Tokyo 2020 emblem, presenting a consistent image across all Games activities and events.

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