The ceremony takes place in the ruins of the Temple of Hera in Olympia, where the ancient Greek games from 8th

The Olympic flame ceremony takes place in the ruins of the Hera Temple in Olympia. Reuters photo

The Olympic flame will be re-lit in an empty stadium on Monday when it begins its cut-off trip to Beijing for the Winter Games in February.

Like the ceremony in March 2020 to light the fire for Tokyo, and like these games, which have been postponed for a year, the ceremony on Monday is a victim of coronavirus restrictions.

“Due to the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the light ceremony will be held in strict compliance with local health protocols” , announced the Greek Olympic Committee in September.

The ceremony will take place in the ruins of Hera Temple in Olympia, where the ancient Greek Games will be held on the 8th GMT) when the flame is to be ignited by the sun’s rays concentrated in a concave.

Before the pandemic, the flame was lit behind closed doors in 1984, as a Greek organization Ren wanted to protest the decision of the Los Angeles organizers to accept sponsorship of torch relay routes in the United States.

This time the ceremony will take place in front of an audience made up of members of the International Olympic Committee, the Greek and Chinese Olympic Committee as well as the Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and vaccinated media representatives.

While Greek skiers run the first and last stage and a Chinese participant in a short relay also carries the torch, the organizers have decided to go on the usual trip renounce the country.

“There will be no torch relay on Greek soil and after the ignition ceremony in ancient Olympia the Olympic flame will be transferred to the Acropolis, where it will stay overnight,” they said on October 12th. </ They said that the next morning it was to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, one Second century arena used in both the 1896 and 2004 Games would be worn and given to the delegation from Beijing in 2022 to be flown to China.

Traditionally, the Flame travels and visits hundreds of kilometers across Greece fifty cities and archaeological sites passed down by artists and athletes from around the world.

In March 2020, as the coronavirus spread across Greece, viewers ignored health precautions and flocked to the relay.

It was abandoned on the second day after leaving Olympia in nearby Sparta, where crowds gathered to watch Greek-American actor Billy Zane, best known for “Titanic”, and British actor Gerard Butler, who in the film ” 300 King Leonidas of Sparta played to cheer “.

This year the rehearsal falls on Sunday on the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee, which holds solemn ceremonies.

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