The Olympic Torch Has Been Lit In A Stunning Ceremony Ahead Of Paris 2024

The light for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games was lit in old Olympia in a customary service on Tuesday April 16, denoting the last stretch of the seven-year preparations for the Games’ beginning on July 26, 2024.

Greek actress Mary Mina, assumed the role of high priestess, by litting the light utilizing a reinforcement fire rather than an explanatory mirror due to cloudy skies for the start of a hand-off in Greece and France.

The ceremony will end with the lighting of the Olympic fire in the French capital at the first service.

From the old arena in Olympia, a transfer of torchbearers will carry the fire in excess of 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) through Greece until the handover to Paris Games organisers in Athens on April 26.

The first torchbearer was Greek rower Stefanos Douskos, a gold medalist in 2021 in Tokyo. He will run to a nearby monument that contains the heart of French Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the driving force behind the modern revival of the games.

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The next runner will be Laure Manaudou, a French swimmer who won three medals at Athens in 2004. She will hand over to senior European Union official Margaritis Schinas, a Greek.

The flame will then travel from Athens’ port of Piraeus on the Belem, a French three-masted sailing ship built in 1896 – the year of the first modern games in Athens.

The flame will be taken to Marseille – a city founded by Greek colonists some 2,600 years ago – on May 8 and then gradually making its way to Paris ahead of the July 26 opening ceremony.

According to Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, the Olympic flame will pass by the site of the 2015 Islamist attack on the Bataclan concert hall as well as the Shoah Memorial as it makes its way through Paris in July.

‘This torch is a message of peace, a message of friendship between peoples, which is all the stronger at a time when the world is in such bad shape,’ Hidalgo told France 2 TV from Olympia, Greece.

In Paris, torch bearers will also pass historic landmarks such the Place de la Concorde square and the National Assembly and through working-class neighborhoods, including Belleville or Porte de la Chapelle in the east and in the north, Hidalgo said.

The Paris city hall, which is hosting the flame on July 14 when France celebrates Bastille Day, will remain open all night so that ‘guests and Parisians can see this image of intimate transmission across the planet’ she added.

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