2018 Winter Olympic Games torch lit in ancient Olympia and starts its journey to the host South Korea
The torch for the Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympics was lit in ancient Olympia on Tuesday and left to the host nation South Korea of 2018 Winter Olympics. Due to poor weather and the lack of sunshine, the flame which was lit during rehearsals had to be used during the ceremonies on Sunday.
After the lighting, the first athlete to carry the torch was Greek cross-country skier Apostolos Angelis, who brought the flame out of the Hera temple. He then passed it to legendary Korean football player, Park Ji-sung, who is an honorary ambassador for the 2018 Winter Games.
The torch’s journey to the next Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February will cover some 1,200 miles and will take more than 100 days in reaching the ceremony, according to the International Olympic Committee. Some 7,500 torchbearers will carry it along the way.
The Pyeongchang Games start on February 9 and will continue till February 25. They’ll be the first winter Olympics held in Asia outside of Japan.
There was a high tension of conducting the Winter Olympics in South Korea as the nation lies closer to the Kim Jong-un led North Korea. He continues to carry out nuclear and ballistic missile tests and engage in provoking the U.S. President Donald Trump.
This caused a severe tension among the local crowd in South Korea as well as tourists, which caused in a large decline in the sale of tickets.
So, the organisers are planning to bring the torch to South Korea by November 1 and start the domestic relay to boost the local support and increase the ticket sales.