A new national stadium to be constructed for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics will house the Olympic cauldron which was used for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. A plate bearing the names of gold medalists at the Games will also be kept there, according to a spokesperson from the sports ministry.
The decision came when the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry responded to clamors of preserving the cauldron as a heritage and reminder of the 1964 Games. The cauldron was made in 1958 by Kawaguchi craftsmen, Mannosuke Suzuki and his son Bungo and stands at 2.1 meters high and weighs 2.6 tons. It is currently enshrined at the National Stadium, which will soon be replaced by a new state-of-the-art facility designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid. The ministry is considering lending the cauldron to other cities while the construction of the 80,000-seater stadium is ongoing, until it is finished by 2019.
A lot of municipal governments have been rallying for the preservation of the cauldron with Kawaguchi sending a written request to the ministry to preserve it and Miyagi Prefecture wanting it displayed on the city. Athens Olympics-gold medalist and hammer thrower Koji Murofushi decided to help Bungo polish the cauldron after he found out that Bungo polishes it every autumn since the 1964 Olympics. Flames were lit in the cauldron on September 8 when the decision to hold the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo was announced by the International Olympic Committee.
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