Olympic flame lit in Greece

by time news

The Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing took place in Greece. The event was held without spectators, only officials were present – President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach, Head of the National Olympic Committee of Greece Spyros Kapralos, representatives of the Beijing 2022 organizing committee and others. The ceremony was broadcast on YouTube.

Alpine skier Ioannis Antoniou will be the first to carry the torch with the Olympic flame. The fire will carry from the stadium in Ancient Olympia to the monument to the founder of the modern Olympic Games, French Baron Pierre de Coubertin. After that, he will be transported to the Athenian Acropolis for the night, and on October 19, he will be handed over to the Chinese delegation. The torch relay across Greece was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing from 4 to 20 February 2022. Now in China, tough anti-corruption measures are in force, which, according to Western media, will not be canceled until the winter Olympics in Beijing and the 20th Congress of the Communist Party are held in the country, at which Chairman Xi Jinping is to be nominated for a third term. All of these events are scheduled for 2022.

In early October, the Russian government approved a new state program “Development of physical culture and sports” for the period up to 2030 worth more than 70 billion rubles. in year. It challenges the national Olympic team to regain its place in the top three medal standings, which it lost in the last decade.

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Details – in the material of “Kommersant” “Olympians were programmed for the top three.”

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