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Paris Olympics 2024 Update: After Pandemic Turmoil, France’s Honoring Tradition Will See Hundreds Join

Published 04/15/2024, 10:29 PM EDT

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The ritual regarding the Paris Olympics 2024 is on the way. The century-old tradition will not miss any chapter this time -from the Greek town of Peloponnese to the streets of Paris. However, the 2024 occasion of obeying the traditions may give an added joy. On Monday, Greek entertainment starlet Mary Mina rehearsed the entire occasion of the flame-lit tradition in Peloponnese.

Eventually, she handed the flame to the first torchbearer of the Paris Olympics in 2024, Stefanos Nitouskos, the rowing champion. Even though this flame will serve as the backup, they expect to hold the major occasion in the ruins of the iconic Temple of Hera to light up the actual flame. But a surprise is there in the following. 

After the Pandemic stricken Tokyo Summer and Winter Olympics, this time, the spectators could enjoy the occasion by appearing there physically. Moreover, the subsequent torch relay events as well will hold no bar in allowing the spectators to witness the legendary occasion. To garnish the ritual more, several bigwigs will appear in the ritual on Tuesday. 

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Among the special ones, President of Greece Katerina Sakellaropoulou will also attend the ritual. Meanwhile, Thomas Bach will be there, being the top of the International Olympic Committee. From the French side, the reins will be in the hand of Amelie Oudea-Castera, Minister for Sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games of France. She will be accompanied by the Paris mayor, Anne Hidalgo. The guests will witness the mix of modernity and ancient rituals on Tuesday. 

History is in the making for the Paris Olympics 2024 

After lighting the flame, the next step stems from preserving the flame in an urn in the temple of Hera. There the high priestess will deliver the flame to the torchbearer, with an olive branch. Eventually, both the Olive branch and fire hold high regard in Greek society being sacred. From there, the torch relay event will unfold on the Greek soil. 

From France’s side, Laure Manaudou, the swimming champion from the Athens Olympics, will share the pride of being the first one. However, in the 11-day relay spree, around 600 torchbearers will share their hands to carry the flame covering a distance of 5000 kilometers. Meanwhile, to tease the historic nerve, the French government decided to carry the flame to France by Belem, the three-masted barque that was launched just before the 1896 Olympics. But before that, the torch bearers will hand over the flame to Paris Olympics 2024 organizers in Panathenaic Stadium on April 26. 

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Prasun Chakrabarty is an Olympic Sports Writer for EssentiallySports, who specializes in covering aquatic arena events. Post his experiences with popular publications including PinkVilla, Prasun began his days in ES, by actively covering two prime events - 2023 US Open Swimming Championships and the 2024 TYR Pro Swim Series. Prasun's coverage extends beyond the pool, and he takes specific interest in the progress of the triangular rivalry between track and field stars, Sha’Carri Richardson, Shericka Jackson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. You can follow him on:-
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