Beijing 2022 Olympic Flame Lit In Ancient Olympia

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Picture Courtesy: International Olympic Committee

 

The Olympic flame for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 has been lit in the present day in Ancient Olympia, Greece to mark the beginning of its journey to China the place, in simply over 100 days, the Games will start.

As an emblem of peace, unity, and solidarity, the Olympic flame will convey the values of Olympism to all these that may see it throughout its travels. The flame will assist construct anticipation amongst followers who’re desperate to witness the world’s greatest winter sports activities stars in motion, while additionally inspiring hundreds of athletes who’re making their remaining preparations for these video games.

About 2,900 athletes, representing roughly 85 National Olympic Committees, will compete in what would be the most gender-balanced Olympic Winter Games in historical past, between 4th and twentieth February 2022.

Due to the COVID-19 counter-measures, in the present day’s ceremony in Olympia was finished underneath strict situations, with solely a restricted delegation current. The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and a number of other company had been in attendance, displaying their solidarity with the Beijing 2022 Games. These included the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou; the members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board; and the IOC’s Beijing 2022 Coordination Commission Chair, Juan Antonio Samaranch.

The Chinese delegation was led by IOC Vice-President, Special Representative and Vice-President of Beijing 2022 and Vice-President of the Chinese Olympic Committee Yu Zaiging. The ceremony was hosted by the Hellenic Olympic Committee President and IOC member Spyros Capralos. The Mayor of Olympia, Georgios Georgiopoulos was additionally current.

Speaking on the ceremony, IOC President Thomas Bach made it clear that the Olympic Games have all the time stood above battle:
“In our fragile world, the place division, battle, and distrust are on the rise, the Olympic Games all the time construct bridges. They by no means erect partitions.

“The basis for the traditional Olympic Games to happen in peace was a sacred truce – the ekecheiria. This Olympic Truce ensured a halt to hostilities, permitting athletes and spectators to journey safely to Olympia and residential once more. The ekecheiria demonstrates that already the traditional Greeks understood that for the Olympic Games to unfold their unifying energy, they have to stand above any political battle. In this fashion, already 3,000 years in the past, there was an inseparable hyperlink between the Olympic Games and peace.

“This peace mission, handed down to us since ancient times, requires that the Olympic Games be respected as politically neutral ground. Only this political neutrality ensures that the Olympic Games can stand above and beyond the political differences that existed in ancient times, as well as today.”

Turning to the host metropolis, he added: “Beijing will write history as the first city ever to host both the summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games. The Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 will connect the Chinese people with the world, bringing to life China’s vision to engage 300 million people with sport on snow and ice, changing winter sport forever. The entire world will see this passion when China welcomes the best winter sports athletes.”

Peace and solidarity had been vital themes all through President Bach’s speech in Ancient Olympia. He concluded by saying: “The Olympic Games cannot address all the challenges in our world. But the Olympic Games set an example for a world where everyone respects the same rules and one another. They inspire us to solve problems in friendship and solidarity. They build bridges leading to better understanding and friendship among people. This is the timeless message that this Olympic flame will send from our spiritual home here in Ancient Olympia, to Beijing, and to the world.”

Representing Beijing 2022, Yu Zaiqing mentioned: “This is a historic moment as we are gathering here in the ancient city of Olympia to celebrate the lighting of the Olympic flame for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games.”

“The Olympic flame embodies our unswerving pursuit of excellence. It highlights our resolve to always challenge our limits and surpass ourselves. And it sheds light on our journey ahead, to overcome difficulties with greater solidarity and closer cooperation. Amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, the Olympic flame has brought us confidence, warmth, and hope. It has been a source of strength in our fight to defeat the pandemic.”

The conventional ceremony that occurred close to the Temple of Hera, celebrates the Olympic Games’ Greek heritage, connecting the fashionable Games to their historic origins. After the Olympic flame was lit by the High Priestess, it started its journey with Greek skier Ioannis Antoniou, an Olympian who additionally assumed the position of the primary torchbearer for the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. The flame was then handed to Chinese Olympian Li Jiajun, a winner of 5 medals in pace skating on the 1998, 2002, and 2006 Olympic Winter Games (two silver and three bronze medals).

After the ceremony, the Olympic flame will probably be transported to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, the place the official handover to the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee will happen tomorrow (19 October) earlier than the flame departs for China.

A welcome ceremony will probably be held in Beijing on 20 October, with the flame initially occurring show to the general public on the Beijing Olympic Tower earlier than setting off on a flame exhibition tour. Closer to the Games, a standard Olympic Torch Relay will probably be finished.

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