Athens: The flame that can burn in the course of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics was handed over to organisers in Athens on Tuesday within the marble stadium that hosted the primary trendy Video games in 1896.
After a week-long journey throughout Greece and an in a single day keep on the Acropolis hill, the flame that was lit in Historical Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics, was carried into the Panathenaic Stadium by Korean Olympic velocity skating medallist Kim Ki-hoon.
The gang erupted into cheers as Greek snowboarding champion Ioannis Proios lit the golden cauldron surrounded by priestesses in lengthy pleated robes.
“We’re able to welcome the world to PyeonChang,” Video games chief Lee Hee-beom stated. “PyeongChang 2018 will likely be Olympic Video games of peace and concord.”
The Video games happen from 9-25 February within the mountainous resort city of Pyeongchang, 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the closely fortified border with North Korea.
The run-up has been overshadowed by an escalating disaster triggered by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile checks, however organisers have stated the Video games will likely be secure.
South Korea staged the 1988 Summer season Olympics and co-hosted the 2002 soccer World Cup with Japan and each occasions had been marred by cases of aggression by North Korea.
Following Tuesday’s handover in Athens, the flame will likely be flown in particular security lanterns to Switzerland for a ceremony on the United Nations in Geneva.
It is because of arrive in South Korea on Nov. 1 for a 2,018km relay earlier than reaching PyeongChang for the opening ceremony on 9 February.
Greece hosted the Summer season Olympics in 2004.