The Olympic torch was formally handed over from Greece to Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games organisers on Tuesday in a simple ceremony.
Under overcast skies at the Panathenaic Stadium that hosted the first modern Olympics in 1896, the torch was presented to South Korean President of the Pyeongchang 2018 Organising Committee Lee Hee Beom by the president of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Spyros Capralos.
Attending the handover ceremony was Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos.
“We are honoured that the Pyeongchang Winter Games represents the second time the Olympic Flame will be in South Korea, since the 1988 Seoul summer Olympic Games.
“The slogan of the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Torch Relay, ‘Let Everyone Shine,’ means the Olympic flame will shine for each and everyone’s dream, passions and future anytime and anywhere,” Lee said.
He said when the Olympic flame arrives in South Korea “we also celebrate another milestone – 100 days to go until the start of the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang”.
“The Olympic Torch Relay will be a very special journey that will shine throughout the host nation, for dreams and passion toward winter sports in Asia and beyond,” Lee added.