Olympic H2 flame

olympic flame, © Tokyo 2020
© Tokyo 2020

The Olympic flame is to burn with hydrogen for the first time at this Olympics. H2 gas is already being used in the “baton”, which is modelled on a cherry blossom, during the torch relay – at least on some stages. The green hydrogen needed comes from Fukushima. An official from Japan’s energy agency said: “This will raise public awareness of the important role hydrogen is to play in the future.”
The 121-day run for the “Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021” started – one year late – on 25 March 2021 at J-Village, the national football training facility in Naraha, Fukushima. On 23 July, the Olympic flame will be lit in the cauldron of the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, after some 10,000 runners have carried it through all 47 prefectures.

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