Recruitment of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torchbearers
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

About Application

  • Please tell me how to apply to be a torchbearer.
    You can apply to be a torchbearer for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay via either the NTT Olympic Torch Relay website or postal mail.
    [WEB]
    ■Torchbearers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Recruitment Website
    https://2020.ntt/en/tokyo/torch/entry
    [Postal Mail」
    ■Application forms are available from NTT DOCOMO shops nationwide (limited number of forms available)
    Click here to search for DOCOMO shop locations: https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/support/shop/
  • Please tell me the application period.
    The application period to become a torchbearer for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay is [June 24, 2019 (Mon.) 00:00 — August 31, 2019 (Sat.) 23:59]. Applications submitted by postal mail must be postmarked on or before August 31, 2019.
  • Is it possible to submit an application via feature phone (non-smartphone cellphone)?
    Applications can be submitted via personal computer or smartphone. It is not possible to submit applications via feature phone. Please note that it may not be possible to submit applications using some smartphone models. For details, please see "Recommended system requirements" in the Application Guidelines.
  • With regard to applying to be a torchbearer, I do not have a computer environment that connects to the internet. Is it possible to apply via telephone?
    It is possible to apply via postal mail. NTT Olympic Torch Relay Application Forms are available (limited number) from DOCOMO shops nationwide. After filling out the required sections, please place the Application Form in the envelope provided and submit it by postal mail.
    Please note that only a limited number of NTT Olympic Torch Relay Torchbearer Application forms are available.
  • Can I apply more than once? Is there a limit to the number of applications I can send in?
    Each applicant may send in one application to each of the five recruiting organisations, so you may apply five times maximum. The recruiting organisations are: the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Prefecture Task Forces and the Presenting Partners of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay: Coca-Cola Company, Limited ; Toyota Motor Corporation ; Nippon Life Insurance Company ; and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Company . Please note that you may apply to only one PTF in the prefecture of your choice.
  • Is there an application fee?
    There is no application fee, but please note that all internet communication fees and connection fees are borne by the customer.
    When applying by postal mail, please use an NTT Olympic Torch Relay Application Form, which is available (limited number) at NTT DOCOMO shops nationwide. No stamps are required when submitting the Application Form in the envelope provided.
  • Can I cancel my application?
    Under unavoidable circumstances, you may cancel your application, but you will not be able to have someone replace you in the relay (a proxy runner). To cancel your application, please either telephone the NTT Recruitment of Torchbearers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Secretariat or cancel your application on the recruitment website.
    [Cancellation of applications submitted online]
    Please log-in again from your My Page URL and delete your application.
    [Cancellation of applications submitted by postal mail]
    Please telephone the NTT Recruitment of Torchbearers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Secretariat (0120-34-2020 Available hours: weekdays 8:00-18:00). The applicant should telephone the Secretariat in person.
  • Can selection as a torchbearer become invalid?
    If it is discovered that a person selected to be a torchbearer does not meet the application requirements, had behaved in a manner that is detrimental to the image of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics/Paralympics, or otherwise is deemed by the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to be unsuitable to be a torchbearer, selection of the person as a torchbearer may be withdrawn. Furthermore, if the organizers are unable to contact the applicant because the information provided on the application form is incomplete or incorrect or if the applicant’s current address or new address is unknown, the applicant’s selection may become invalid.
  • Is there an age limit?
    Applicants must be born on or before 1 April 2008.
  • Can minors or children aged under 18 years apply to be a torchbearer?
    Persons born before April 1, 2008 are eligible to apply to be a torchbearer (Persons who are first year junior high school age or older in FY2020).
    However, persons aged under 18 as of March 1, 2020 (first day of the month in which the Olympic Relay begins) must have the consent of their parent/guardian.
    If the applicant indicates on the online application form that their parent/guardian consents to their participation, submission of the application form shall be deemed to express parental/guardian consent.
  • Why can't elementary school children be torchbearers?
    Participation in the Olympic Torch Relay involves running while carrying a lighted torch. There will also be scenes in which the flame transferred from on torch to another. Age limits for torchbearers have therefore been set from the perspective of ensuring that torchbearers are able to safely run while holding the torch. Referring to the case examples of past Olympic Torch Relays and following discussions with the International Olympic Committee, it was decided to set eligibility to be a torchbearer for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay at persons who are first year junior high school age or older in FY2020.
  • Can children and senior citizens also apply to be a torchbearer?
    Persons born before April 1, 2008 are eligible to apply to be a torchbearer. With regard to senior citizens, persons who are able to carry the Olympic torch safely of their own will may apply. However, if the person cannot run by themselves, participation with the assistance of support staff (helpers) is also possible when necessary.
  • Can a person with an impairment apply?
    A person with an impairment is welcome to apply, however, we request all torchbearers to safely carry the torch at their own will. We accept an escort runner if such support is required.
  • Can I run with an assistance dog?
    If required, you will be allowed to run with an assistance dog.
  • Can I run with an escort?
    Those who require support to run will be allowed to run with one escort.
  • Is it possible for multiple people to participate in the relay together?
    As a general rule, torchbearers run by themselves.
  • I live outside of Japan. Can I apply?
    Anyone can apply, regardless of where they live or their nationality. Please note that applicants are required to have a connection with the prefecture in which they wish to participate in the Olympic Relay (persons who currently live or previously lived in the prefecture, people who currently work or go to school in the prefecture, people who have family or relatives living in the prefecture, and people who were active in the prefecture in the past.) *if you are selected as a torchbearer, you are responsible to pay for the travel and transportation costs you incur to reach the meeting place for your leg of the torch relay.
  • Can I specify the date or location when I apply?
    We ask applicants to provide us with the preferred prefecture (or city/town) in which they wish to run, but please note that we cannot guarantee that the applicant's preferred date and place will be met.
  • Can I choose which route and leg I run?
    We ask applicants to provide us with the preferred prefecture in which they wish to run, but a particular route or leg of the relay within that prefecture cannot be specified. Please note that applicants are required to have a connection with the prefecture in which they wish to participate in the Olympic Relay (persons who currently live or previously lived in the prefecture, people who currently work or go to school in the prefecture, people who have family or relatives living in the prefecture, and people who were active in the prefecture in the past.)
  • Can I pay to become a torchbearer?
    Torchearers will be selected by the recruiting organisations (PTFs and the Presenting Partners). Nobody will be able to become a torchbearer by contributing money. Also, torchbearers are forbidden to sell their right to run in the torch relay.
  • Why are politicians and religious figures ineligible to participate in the Olympic Relay?
    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) prohibits the conveying of political or religious messages in relation to the Olympic flame.
  • Is it possible to be nominated as a torchbearer?
    It is possible for a person to be nominated as a torchbearer, but to do so it is necessary for the nominator to provide information about themselves in addition to a nomination form. For details, please see the NTT Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Recruitment website.
    (Japanese) https://2020.ntt/jp/tokyo/torch/entry/
    (English) https://2020.ntt/en/tokyo/torch/entry/
  • It is possible to submit an application in a language other than Japanese?
    Application forms completed in Japanese or English are accepted.
    Please note that for postal applications, only application forms completed in Japanese are accepted.
  • After submitting my application, didn't receive Confirmation E-mail.
    Torchbearer selection notification will be sent from the e-mail address no_reply@2020.ntt, so when submitting your application, please set your device to receive e-mails from the domain @2020.ntt.
  • I forgot my password for temporarily saving data while completing the application form.
    Please go to the Password Re-registration Page to re-set your password, and then access your application form again.
  • How do I recommence entering my information after temporarily saving my data?
    After temporarily saving your data, please check the URL provided in the e-mail that you will be sent automatically. After clicking on the URL and logging-in, you will be able to recommence entering your information.

    If you have not yet submitted your entry (official registration), it is possible to make changes to all application item entries.Also, because the Application Form is two pages long, please select the “Go back to the previous page” or “Next” buttons as applicable and complete all of the required items.

    *The deadline for submitting Olympic Relay Torchbearer applications (official registration) is 23:59 on August 31, 2019 (Saturday).
  • I registered my e-mail address incorrectly.
    Please re-enter and register your correct e-mail address.
  • Uploading images
    Image file in below formats is acceptable.
    ・.jpeg, .jpg, and .png
    ・less than 3MB
    Please note that an error message will appear if you attempt to upload images in any other formats.
  • What are the recommended system requirements for submitting an application to be a torchbearer?
    We recommend viewing the recruitment website using the following systems. Also, to enable you to use the website more safely and conveniently, we recommend that you use the most up-to-date version.
    ■Recommended system requirements
    【PC】
    Windows
    Please use the most up-to-date official versions of the following systems.
    Internet Explorer,Microsoft Edge,Firefox,Google Chrome
    MacOS
    Please use the most up-to-date official versions of the following systems.
    Safari,Firefox,Google Chrome
    [Smartphone]
    Please note that applications submitted via feature phone will not be accepted.
    ・Apple iOS 9.0 or higher Safari
    ・Android 6.0 or higher official browser
    *Please note that inclusion on this list does not guarantee system operation.
    *Operations outside the recommended system requirements are not guaranteed.
    *With regard to methods for upgrading your OS version, please contact the terminal manufacturer or mobile telephone company.
  • Is it possible to make corrections after I have submitted my application?
    After application submission (official registration) has been completed, it is possible to change some (but not all) of your registered information by accessing the URL provided in the e-mail that you will be sent automatically.

    Information that may be corrected: address, telephone number, occupation, place of employment, name of school, uniform size, emergency contact information, and information for special consideration.

    Please note that after your application has been submitted it is not possible to make changes to the prefecture in which you wish to run, your self-introduction/motive for applying, or any other item that is not listed above.

Contact Information for Inquiries

NTT Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torchbearer Recruitment Secretariat

Period of availability: June 24 (Mon.) – December 26 (Thu.), 2019

[Important Points to Note]
  • ・We cannot accept inquiries regarding selection/rejection of applications or the applicant selection process.
  • ・Applications cannot be made via e-mail or telephone.
  • ・It may take some time to connect the call when lines are congested
  • ・It may take a considerable amount of time for us to reply to your inquiry due to unavoidable reasons, such as an unexpectedly large number of inquiries.
  • ・Please set your device to receive e-mails from the domain @2020.ntt.
  • ・We cannot accept inquiries regarding registration information or applications from persons other than the applicant.
  • ・Applicants for NTT employees and related persons can not apply.