|Host city||Tokyo, Japan|
|Theme||Hope Lights Our Way|
|Start date||12 March 2020 (Greece) 25 March 2021 (Japan relay)|
What does the Olympic torch relay symbolize?
The Olympic torch relay: “a symbol of peace, friendship, tolerance and hope” – Olympic News.
What is the purpose of the torch relay?
Throughout the Torch relay, the flame announces the Olympic Games and spreads a message of peace and friendship between peoples. The Torch relay ends at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. The final runner (or sometimes runners) enters the stadium and lights the cauldron with the Olympic flame.
What is the significance of Olympic torch in Olympic Games?
Olympic flame meaning
The flame represents the fire that Prometheus stole from the god Zeus in Greek mythology. Prometheus then gave the gift of fire to humanity, which helped it grow towards civilisation. The tradition of lighting a flame during the Games started way back in Ancient Greece.
Who started the Olympic torch relay?
Carl Diem used the idea of the torch relay devised for the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin by a Jewish archaeologist and sports official, Alfred Schiff . The Berlin Olympic Games were organized by the Nazi Party under the guidance of Joseph Goebbels.
How does the Olympic torch work?
The flame is lit according to the ancient method of the sun’s rays in the parabolic mirror. The Olympic flame can only be lit in this way. The flame is placed in an urn and transported into the ancient stadium where it is given to the first runner by the high priestess responsible for this operation.
Has anyone ever dropped the Olympic torch?
In an inspirational sequence, Marcia Malsar fell and dropped her torch, got back up and finished her relay leg during the Rio Paralympic Opening Ceremony.
Is the Olympic torch always lit?
And while this relay has been largely spectator-free, the flame’s destination remains the same: the Olympic cauldron, which stays lit for the duration of the Games. Over the decades, the torch’s appearance has become an important part of the custom.