Paris 2024 Olympic Flame to be Lit in Greece, Travel by Ship, and Relay Across France

Paris 2024 Olympic Flame to be Lit in Greece, Travel by Ship, and Relay Across France

The Paris 2024 Olympic flame will be kindled on April 16th next year at Olympia, Greece, following the traditional ceremony with a high priestess using a parabolic mirror.

Uncertain Details on Early Stages:

While some reports suggest a week-long relay in Greece following the lighting, the Hellenic Olympic Committee hasn't confirmed the details. They've announced a full announcement with all specifics coming on June 23rd.

Confirmed Later Stages:

What we do know is that the flame will travel by sea! It will board the three-masted Belem ship and arrive in Marseille, France on May 8th. Marseille will host sailing events and some football matches during the Olympics.

French Relay and Torchbearers:

A 10,000-strong torchbearer team will carry the flame across France. The full route will be revealed on June 23rd as well. The flame will pass through all 54 French departments and visit five overseas territories, including Tahiti (surfing venue).

Swimming champions Laure and Florent Manaudou, Para triathlete Mona Francis, and Paralympian long jumper Dimitri Pavadé will be the torch relay ambassadors.

Paris Arrival and Beyond:

The flame is expected to reach Paris on July 14th, with the Games running from July 26th to August 11th. Organizers reportedly hope to have the flame burning at the Eiffel Tower during the Olympics.

A separate Paralympic torch relay will follow, starting with the flame being lit in Stoke Mandeville, Britain. The Paris 2024 Paralympics will be held from August 28th to September 8th.

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