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South Korea begins 100 days countdown to Olympics

02.11.2017 41 просмотров

In South Korea, where the Winter Games will begin in a hundred days, the Olympic torch relay has started.

A colorful ceremony of meeting the fire took place on Wednesday at Incheon Airport.

"The moment everyone has been waiting for has finally arrived", — said in his speech the head of the organizing committee of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang Lee Hee Beom. "The Olympic Flame has arrived  Korea  only a hundred days separate the start of the Winter Olympics — 2018 in Pyeongchang, — he emphasized. — Our dream has become a reality".

Lee Hee Bom expressed confidence that the torch relay will help everyone feel part of the Olympic movement.

The  Minister Lee Nak Young, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism To Jung Hwan, and also 2010 Olympic figure skating champion Yoo Na Kim — the idol of millions of Koreans. Yu Na Kim and Lee Nak-yong lit the Olympic torch.

The first torchbearer was the young figure skater Yu young, who in 2016 at the age of 11 won the adult championship of South Korea. However, the athlete will not be able to take part in the  Olympics in Pyeongchang, since she is not yet 15 years old.

7500 participants of the Olympic torch relay selected by the South Korean National Olympic Committee will have to overcome 2018 kilometers and visit literally in all corners of the country. 

The special design of the white-golden torch allows you to keep the flame burning at considerable heights and in severe winter conditions. The white color of the torch symbolizes snow and ice, and also resembles the porcelain that South Korea is famous for. The length of the torch is 700 mm — this is a reference to the fact that Pyeongchang is at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level. The shape of five-pronged flame symbolizes the five-continents participating in the Games. 

General Secretary of South Korea NOC Yo Hyun Gu assured journalists that the military-political instability that arose in connection with the confrontation between North Korea and the United States will not affect the holding of the Olympic Games. According to him, the preparation goes to the Games without any problems.

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