British Red Cross to be official Team GB partner at 2020 Olympics

British Red Cross has been named as the official charity partner of Team GB, ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The announcement has coincided with the anniversary of the 2011 Japan earthquake, which the Red Cross mobilised in response to. The earthquake resulted in a tsunami that left more than 19,000 people dead.

This year, the Olympic Games organisers are intending send a 'clear message of recovery' and 'promote the power of connected communities to prepare for and recover from crises'.

The Olympic torch will start its journey in Japan from the affected region of Fukushima, where Team GB athletes Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Andrew Pozzi and Adam Gemili recently visited to view the work of the Red Cross.

“The Olympic Games are such a unifying event which have the ability to transcend sport and inspire people to come together," British Red Cross chairman David Bernstein said.

“We believe that connected communities are stronger and more resilient to emergencies. We want our partnership with Team GB to encourage the Olympic spirit in all of us, to get involved and share the power of kindness across the country.”

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