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Flame of Beijing Winter Olympic Games lit at Ancient Olympia

18.10.2021 182 просмотров

On October 19, the fire will be handed over to the Chinese delegation at an official ceremony at the historic white marble Panathinaikos stadium in Athens.


The Beijing 2022 Olympic Flame is lit on Monday at Ancient Olympia. This was reported by a TASS correspondent from the ceremony.

The event is held in the presence of the President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, Head National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Greece Spyros Kapralos, other officials. Spectators were not allowed to the ceremony due to restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The fire in the torch was lit using a parabolic mirror from the sun's rays by the high priestess - actress Xanthi Georgiou - on the altar of an ancient Greek temple Hera. After that, a theatrical performance will take place with the participation of a group of priestesses performing a ritual created on the basis of ancient traditions with the introduction of modern elements. It will take place in a stadium that hosted many of the sporting events of the ancient Olympic Games in antiquity.

The Greek NOC has announced that the first torchbearer of the Olympic torch relay in Greece will be Ioannis Antoniou, who competed in torch relay of the 2014 Games in Sochi, and also carried the Greek flag at the closing of the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang. This time around, the traditional Olympic torch relay across Greece has been canceled due to pandemic-related restrictions. On Monday, the fire will only be carried from the ancient stadium to the nearby monument to the founder of the modern Olympic Games, the French baronPierre de Coubertin, after which it will be transported to the Acropolis of Athens, where it will spend the night.

19 October, the fire will be handed over to the Chinese delegation at an official ceremony at the historic white marble Panathinaikos stadium in Athens, also held without the presence of the public. As noted in the NOC, only 200 accredited persons will be admitted there, among them there will be official delegations from both sides. Skier Paraskevi Ladopoulou, who will take part in the Beijing Olympics, will bring the fire to the Panathinaikos Stadium.

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