XINING, March 24 (Xinhua) — The torch relay of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021 will get under way on March 25.
Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, the origin of the Olympic flame lies in ancient Greece, when a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. The fire was formally reintroduced at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, and it has been part of the modern Olympic Games ever since.
At the opening ceremony of the 1984 Olympic Games, a spaceman with a jet pack flew into Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, demonstrating a new way of lighting the Olympic flame more than people can imagine.
During the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, three people with different careers and of different genders lighting the Olympic torch represented the fairness of the Games.
Olympic boxing champion Muhammad Ali lit the cauldron with his trembling hands during the opening ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, creating one of the most emotional and touching moments in Olympic history.
In 2008, after going through the most adverse weather conditions, the Beijing Olympic torch was successfully lit on Mount Qomolangma, the world’s highest peak. Despite strong winds and freezing temperatures of minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 22 Fahrenheit) at the summit, the special torch stayed alight and bright. As the Olympic flame ignited and flared on the mountain, the message of peace spread across the world.
“I hope the Olympic flame will become the light at the end of the dark tunnel,” IOC president Thomas Bach has repeatedly called for sportsmanship, which is needed more than ever before by a world facing the challenge of COVID-19. Enditem