Source: CGTN on YouTube
Beijing 2022 unveils Olympic torch as one-year countdown begins
Beijing will light the Olympic flame for a second time with ‘a blazing ribbon’after organizers unveiled an ethereal yet dynamic torch design for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 to kick off the one-year countdown.
The Olympic torch, both named as “Flying”, debuted at a ceremony in Beijing’s iconic 2008 Summer Games venue the National Aquatics Center on Thursday where the curling competition will take place in 2022, marking the start of the 365-day countdown to the opening of the Games on Feb 4 next year.
The torch spirals upward to resemble two overlapping fluttering ribbons. The inner red ribbon evokes rising flames, with the outer one plated in silver to produce a striking contrast.
Beaming with dynamism and vitality, the two-tone torch presents a metaphor of ice and fire, symbolizing how it will bring light and warmth to the winter sports celebration.
The torch features the emblem of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on its mid-section, with patterns of clouds and snowflakes painted from the bottom up to the flame.
As the torch turns, the whirling red line hidden in the gap seems to stretch endlessly, representing mankind’s relentless pursuit of light, peace, excellence and the values promoted by the Olympic Movement.
“To introduce the torch at the start of the one-year countdown, we wish to kindle the enthusiasm and anticipation for the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games all around the world,” said Wang Xiangyu, a deputy director of the Culture and Ceremonies Department of the Beijing 2022 organizing committee.
“The successful design of the torch has proved again that the Olympics always set the stage for the integration of sports, culture, art and science.”
To honor Beijing’s status as the world’s first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics, the 2022 torch features a similar design to the 2008 Games’ main cauldron, which resembled a giant scroll, highlighting the Olympic spirit’s legacy in the Chinese capital.
The cloud patterns covering the handle of the torch also draws inspiration from the main visual element of the 2008 torch, according to the design team.
“By using the same color combination and by sharing similar artistic elements with the 2008 torch, we aim to extend auspicious greetings to the world as we did at the Summer Games and to showcase Beijing’s rich Olympic culture,” said Li Jianye, the designer of the torch’s appearance.
Sharing the same structure and patterns, the torch for the Paralympic Winter Games, which was also unveiled on Thursday, features a different color scheme of gold and silver. The lower section of the torch is engraved with Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Braille.
Another design highlight allows both torches to lock into each other at the top when torchbearers exchange the flame during the Torch Relay, symbolizing Beijing 2022’s vision to promote mutual understanding and respect between different cultures.
The final design was selected from 182 entries into a global competition launched in April 2020.The combination of Chinese aesthetic value, traditional cultural connotations and advanced technology helped the winning design team stand out, according to the judge.
“The current design strikes a perfect balance between the expression of the host nation’s culture, Olympism and the demonstration of the latest industrial technology,” said Lu Xiaobo, a member on the judging panel and dean of the Academy of Arts and Design at Tsinghua University.
Using a combustion system developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the torch fueled by hydrogen most of the time (propane at certain circumstances), was designed and has undergone rigorous testing to burn reliably in most weather conditions and to withstand strong winds and extreme low temperatures.
Made of carbon-fiber materials, the torch is light in weight and resistant to high temperatures.
Planning for the Torch Relay and selection of torchbearers for the Games are underway with detailed information to be released in due course, according to the Beijing 2022 organizing committee.
The official torches for the #Beijing2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games have been unveiled! 🔥❄
— Olympics (@Olympics) February 4, 2021
On 24 March, the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
In the light of this postponement, Tokyo 2020 has decided to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay scheduled to start on 26 March. We will announce revised dates for the Torch Relay after the new schedule for the Tokyo 2020 Games has been fixed, and renew our preparations for a vigorous Grand Start event that will bring people together again.
We apologise for the inconvenience caused to our partner organisations, each prefectural taskforce and the many other stakeholders who have made such great efforts to prepare for the Relay, and we ask for your continued cooperation. We will consider measures that allow torchbearers who were selected to run in the now postponed event to be given priority in the selection process for the new Torch Relay.
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Read more about the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay on this page.
There will be a Relay in the Stadium with two Greek torchbearers, the Olympic medalists Lefteris Petrounias and Katerina Stefanidi. The cauldron inside the stadium will then be lit.
The President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and IOC Member Mr Spyros Capralos will deliver a short speech followed by a video message from the President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee Mr. Yoshiro Mori.
President Capralos will then receive the Olympic Flame from the High Priestess Xanthi Georgiou before handing it over to the representative of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Ms Naoko Imoto, an Olympian in swimming at the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996, who is currently working for UNICEF in Greece as Chief of Education.
The Flame will thus begin its journey to the host city of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The Handover Ceremony will be closed to the public and accredited guests. It will only be attended by representatives of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and selected representatives of the press.
The ceremony will be broadcast live by the Olympic Channel and ERT (National Greek Television).
Source: Hellenic Olympic Committee
Note: All times are local time
A live stream will be available on the website of the Olympic Channel.
Press release Hellenic Olympic Committee
Today’s decision was supported by the International Olympic Committee.
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— Ηellenic Olympic (@HellenicOlympic) March 13, 2020
|11:15||Closing time for admission of VIPs|
|Entry of the Presidential Guard|
|11:25||Arrival of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos|
|11:30||Opening of the Ceremony|
Olympic Rings formed by pupils of Ancient Olympia
Οlympic Anthem – Hoisting of the Olympic Flag
National Anthem of Japan – Hoisting of the Japanese Flag
National Anthem of Greece – Hoisting of the Greek Flag
The anthems are performed by the Children’s and Youth Choir of Lavreotiki Municipality
Address by the Mayor of Ancient Olympia, Mr. Georgios Georgiopoulos
Address by the special representative of the President of the “TOKYO 2020” Organising Committee, Mr. Toshiaki Endo
Address by the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Thomas Bach
Address by the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and Member of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Spyros Capralos
Entry of the designated officials in the Temple of Hera
Ritual of the Lighting Ceremony at the Temple of Hera
Entry of the High Priestess and the Priestesses into the Ancient Stadium with the Olympic Flame
Dance performance by the Priestesses
Handing over of the Olympic Flame by the High Priestess to the first Torchbearer
Departure of the first Torchbearer for the Pierre de Coubertin Monument
Opening of the Olympic Torch Relay
End of the Ceremony
Source: Hellenic Olympic Committee
Note: All times are local time
A live stream will be available on the website of the International Olympic Committee.
Details of the Greek leg of the Torch Relay
- Lighting Ceremony: 12 March 2020 near the Temple of Hera at the sacred site of Ancient Olympia
- Duration: 8 days in Greece
- Length: 3,200 kilometers
- Cities: 31
- Archaeological sites: 15
- Ceremonies: 28
- Number of torchbearers: 600
- Handover Ceremony: 19 March 2020 at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens
Source / Read more: Website Tokyo 2020.