In a spectacular ceremony on Tuesday the Hellenic Olympic Committee handed over the Olympic flame to the South Korean delegation of the 2018 Winter Games, to be held in Pyeongchang.
The formal ceremony took place in the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens where HOC President Spyros Kapralos handed the flame to Lee Hee-beom, President of Peyongchang’s organising committee.
The President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos was present along with Deputy Minister for Sports Giorgos Vasiliadis, European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos, and US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt, among others. An audience of over 15,000 people attended the event.
The Olympic flame is on its way to South Korea, where the Olympic torch relay will continue until the opening of the Games on February 9.