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Beijing Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony to be held on October 18

16.09.2021 93 просмотров

The next day, the fire will be handed over to the Chinese delegation at an official ceremony at Athens' Panathinaikos Stadium.


The Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games will take place on October 18 at Ancient Olympia in the Peloponnese without spectators due to restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. This was announced on Wednesday by the Greek Ministry of Civil Protection Affairs.

The Ministry hosted a large-scale preparatory meeting between the Greek and Chinese delegations on Wednesday regarding the events and the Olympic flame lighting ceremony ahead of the 2022 Games, which will be held in Beijing from 4 to February 20th. The meeting was attended by the chairman of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Greece, Spyros Kapralos.

When making decisions, the risks of transmission of coronavirus and protective measures were taken into account, the department noted. “The program was defined as follows: the lighting of the fire will take place on October 18, 2021 in Ancient Olympia without public participation. Then the fire after the relay will be transported to the Athenian Acropolis, where he will spend the night. On October 19, the fire will be handed over to the Chinese delegation in an official ceremony at the [historic white marble Athens] Panathinaikos stadium, again without the presence of the public. Only 200 accredited persons will be admitted, among them will be official delegations from both sides and the NOCs,” the message says.

The Olympic Flame will then be delivered by a special charter flight from Athens International Airport to Beijing.

“At the meeting, operational plans were studied and agreed upon, as well as control and security measures at the ceremonies of lighting and handing over the Olympic flame,” the ministry said.

The Olympic flame is traditionally lit using a parabolic mirror from the rays of the sun in Ancient Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony was held without spectators due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Journalists were then allowed to take photos and videos of the rehearsal of the ceremony from a distance.

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