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Olympic Torch Relay history and its modern revival

Olympic Torch Relay history and its modern revival

Fire is a sacred symbol dating back to prehistoric times. In ancient Greece it symbolized the creation of the world, renewal and light. It was also the sacred symbol of Hephaestus, and a gift to the human race from Prometheus, who stole it from Zeus. At the centre of every city-state in ancient Greece there was an altar with an ever-burning fire and in every home the sacred Flame burned, dedicated to Hestia, goddess of the family. [Full story]

Ancient Olympic Torch Relay

Ruins of Olympiad StadiumOrigin of Olympic Torch RelayThe Olympic Torch Relay originated from Olympia, Greece. The divine origin of fire made it a sacred element. [Full story]

Lighting Ceremony and RelayLighting Ceremony and RelayThe organisation of the lighting of the flame in Olympia is always handled by the Greek Olympic Committee. [Full story]

Torch relay traditionsTorch relay traditionsHistorians suggest the flame was born in a temple erected by the ancient Greeks to honour Hera. [Full story]

Modern Olympic Torch RelayModern Olympic Torch RelayDuring the Olympic Games in Amsterdam in 1928, a fire was lit in the tower of the stadium, but no torch relay was undertaken. [Full story]

Modern Olympic Torch Relay

Background InformationBackground InformationThe Olympic flame is the flame which is kindled in Olympia under the authority of the IOC. It is bestowed by Apollo, the ancient god of sun.  [Full story]

The TorchThe TorchThe Beijing Olympic Torch has already been launched on April 26, 2007. The Beijing Olympic Torch boasts strong Chinese characteristics, and showcases Chinese design and technical capabilities. [Full story]

TorchbearersTorchbearersThe Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) announced on Saturday the torchbearer selection program for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. [Special Report]

Relay RouteRelay Route of Beijing OlympicsValidated by IOC, the Olympic Flame will be lit in Olympia, Greece according to tradition on March 25, 2008. From March 25 - 30, the Torch Relay will travel across Greece, ending at the Panathinaiko Stadium. [Special Report]

Summer Olympic Torch Relays