Tokyo Olympics organizers unveil torch for next year’s games

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The Olympic torch of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is unveiled during a press conference in Tokyo Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Tokyo (AP) — Tokyo Olympics organizers have unveiled their torch for next year’s games, playing off the image of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms.

The cherry blossom is Japan’s most-loved flower. Organizers on Wednesday said the torch image was picked because the torch relay will begin a year from now in March when Japan’s cherry blossom trees are in full bloom across the country.

The flame will emerge from a five-petal configuration at the top of the torch. Organizers said the “torch and its emblem will feature strongly in the buildup to the games across the whole of Japan.”