Olympic flame units sail from Greece to France

A lantern carrying the 2024 Olympic flame has set sail from Greece for France on a nineteenth century crusing ship.

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The Olympic flame has set sail from Greece on Saturday, on the again of the Belem, a 127 year-old crusing ship.

It can sail throughout the Mediterranean Sea for 12 days, in a 2000 kilometre journey that can see it dock for the port metropolis of Marseille in France. It is because of arrive on 8 Could.

The flame will then journey throughout France, together with its abroad territories, earlier than arriving on the Opening Ceremony on 26 July.

The flame was formally handed to French organisers on Friday at Panathenaic stadium, the place the primary trendy video games have been held in Athens in 1896.

Greek water polo participant Ioannis Fountoulis, the final in an extended line of torchbearers, used the flame to mild a cauldron on the Panathenaic Stadium. From there, it was delivered to Paris 2024 chief Tony Estanguet.

The flame was kindled on 16 April at Olympia in southern Greece, the place the traditional video games have been held for greater than 1,000 years from about 776 B.C. to A.D. 393.

From Olympia’s historic stadium, a relay of torchbearers carried it alongside a 5,000-kilometre route by Greece, which included a number of islands and an in a single day cease on the traditional Acropolis.

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