JXTG to light the way on Tokyo 2020 torch relay
Tokyo 2020, the organising committee for next year’s Olympic Games, has today unveiled JXTG Nippon Oil and Energy Corporation, the Japanese energy company, as a supporting partner of the Olympic Torch Relay.
As part of the deal, JXTG will supply the gas for the torches used at the games, through its group company Eneos, and sponsor a variety of initiatives, including events at its service stations nationwide.
JXTG also supplied the gas for the torches used at the Tokyo 1964 Olympics.
The new deal expands JXTG’s association with the games as it is already a domestic Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner in the category of oil, gas, hydrogen and electricity supply services.
Yoshiro Mori, president of Tokyo 2020, said: “It is very reassuring to have the support of a professional energy provider like JXTG; this will be a key component in the operation of safe and smooth torch relay.”
JXTG joins Coca-Cola and Toyota, the top-tier ‘TOP’ International Olympic Committee sponsors, and Nippon Life, as partners of the torch relay.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay partnership programme consists of three tiers, of which presenting partners - the highest tier - are permitted to recruit torchbearers and conduct promotional activities using the Olympic torch relay emblem.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will pass by many of Japan's most famous and cherished landmarks over a period of 121 days.
A total of about 10,000 torchbearers will carry the flame on the relay before it is used to ignite the Olympic cauldron at Tokyo's new National Stadium on 24 July, 2020.
The organising committee recently announced Yahoo Japan and Google Japan, the Japanese arms of the global internet search engines, as the latest sponsors of the Olympics.
With the additions of Google and Yahoo to the programme, the total number of Tokyo 2020 domestic partners stands at 64, comprising 15 gold partners, 32 official partners and 17 official supporters.
The Tokyo 2020 domestic sponsorship programme has so far brought in over $3 billion, which is three times more than any previous summer Olympics, according to the IOC.