POSTED: October 4th 2017
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PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Flame lighting October 24th

The official PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games Torch © IOC Jean Chung
The official PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games Torch © IOC Jean Chung

The Torch Relay uniforms  © IOC Jean Chung
The Torch Relay uniforms © IOC Jean Chung

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(SFC) The IOC announced today that the official flame and the handover ceremonies for PyeongChang 2018 will take place October 24th in Ancient Olympia, Greece.

The Olympic Flame will then be handed over and start the Torch Relay and countdown to the Winter Games set to be held for the first time in South Korea.

The Torch Relay is set to travel 2,018 kilometers and will be transported by plane, ship, train, sailboat, robot, zip wire, cable car and bike before entering Olympic stadium on 9 February 2018. The relay will bring together some 7500 torch bearers gathering tens of thousands of people to celebrate the event across nine provinces and eight major cities. The entire relay will take place over 101 days in Korea.

The IOC said in a statement, "We believe the 2018 Olympic Torch Relay will bring with it a symbolic message of peace to everyone who witnesses its journey around the Republic of Korea. The Olympic flame carries a message of hope and inspiration wherever it travels. The Olympic Torch Relay is our way, as a sports organization, of bringing that message to people across the host nation in a spirit of celebration as the Games approach."


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