Almost 100 years of lighting the Olympic flame | Gallery news
The Olympic flame was introduced at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. The torch relay began eight years later before the 1936 Berlin Games.
“In the context of the modern Games, the Olympic flame is a manifestation of the positive values that man has always associated with the symbolism of fire,” says the International Olympic Committee.
The flame begins its life in a lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia, where the original Olympic Games were held for centuries.
Over the years, the torch has played an increasingly important role in the Opening Ceremony, with the identity of the last torchbearer – often former Olympics from the host country – the subject of heated debate.
Muhammad Ali, a gold medalist at the 1960 Rome Olympics, lit the torch at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Four years later, Cathy Freeman lit the flame in Sydney and became the only person to light a cauldron and to win a gold medal in the same matches when she finished first in the 400 meters.
One of the most memorable lighting ceremonies took place at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics when Paralympic archer Antonio Rebollo fired a flaming arrow above the cauldron, igniting gases from within.
The torch relay for the postponed Tokyo Games began on Thursday, but it is unlikely that we would know the name of the person who will light the cauldron during the opening ceremony on July 23 until moments before that. does not happen.