Rio 2016 Olympic flame lit in Olympia
April 23, 2016, 21:40:37 CEST | Wikinews

A little over 100 days before the scheduled start of the 2016 Summer Olympics, on Thursday the Olympic flame was ignited in a ceremony at the temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece. Actress Katerina Lehu played the role of priestess accompanied by fourteen virgins, lighting the flame at solar noon using sunlight focused by a parabolic mirror.

After lighting the "sacred fire" Lehu passed it to its first bearer, gymnast Lefteris Petrunias. According to El País, another torch-bearer is to be a Syrian refugee, bearing it in the Eleonas refugee camp.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said the lighting ceremony was writing history, and the Olympic Games would bring a message of hope in difficult times to Brazil and to the whole world. Over six days, the Olympic torch is to pass through more than 2000 {kilometres of Greek territory, going through Marathon and the island of Corfu. This part of the ride ends at the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Games of the Olympiad.

Subsequently, the flame travels by plane to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne where it is to stay for a week. Later, on May 2, it is to be moved to Brasilia. The relay trip of the Olympic flame from Olympia to the Olympic site was introduced by Carl Diem in the Berlin 1936 Games.

Source: Wikinews
Share this article:
share article on facebook share article on twitter share article on google+ share article on tumblr share article on blogger share article on reddit

Send us your articles and web-novels!
comments powered by Disqus
Most popular


Recently Viewed:


Rio 2016 Olympic flame lit in Olympia

A little over 100 days before the scheduled start of the 2016 Summer Olympics, on Thursday t...


Power firm helicopter strikes cables, crashes near F...

Thursday, June 4, 2020  Aviation Mishaps Related News June 4, 2020: Power firm helicop...


Police arrest twelve after explosives kill jackal in...

Thursday, June 11, 2020  India Related articles 11 June 2020: Police arrest twelve aft...


Jim Webb campaign addresses first 2016 presidential ...

Yesterday, a spokesperson for former U.S. Senator Jim Webb, a potential 2016 Democratic Part...


AirAsia jet vanishes over Indonesia, 162 missing

An AirAsia Indonesia jet vanished over the Kumai region today. The flight is reportedly carr...

Automotive
Reviews | Technology | Projects & Tuning | Events | Racing
Business & Technology
Business & Economy | Mobile | Internet & Media | Security & Privacy | Gadgets & Tech | Software
Lifestyle
Health, Food & Fitness | Fashion | Gardening | DIY | Homes
Society
Accidents | Crime | Culture | Finance | Politics
Science & Environment
Wildlife | Green | Space
Gaming
Reviews
Society
Accidents | Crime | Culture | Finance | Politics
Travel
MM-iNEWS
Copyright & Privacy | Site Roadmap | Sitemap | Contact
Web Development @ OverHertz Ltd
Ω