From the sacred rock of the Acropolis, reference point of Athens and Greece, the Olympic Flame sends its glow to the whole world, together with its diachronic messages. The cauldron was lit in the Acropolis by the Olympic champion Dimosthenis Tambakos, on the end of the 7th day of the Torch Relay for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Dimosthenis Tambakos took the Flame from the Olympic medalists, in order, Maria Georgatou, Dimitris Mougios, Tonia Moraiti, Dimitra Asilian, Dimitris Tzimourtos who also run as Torch Bearers, while the HOC President Spyros Capralos carried the Olympic Flame in front of the Columns of Olympian Zeus. Mr Capralos referred to the success of the Torch Relay in Greece and to the warm welcome by the Greeks in every city and village it had visited.
Olympic medalists, Paralympic medalists, world champions, prominent figures of sport, members of the HOC Plenary Session as well as the President of the International Olympic Academy Isidoros Kouvelos also carried the symbol of Olympism. The sacred Light began its journey from Delphi after having shed light overnight to the Temple of Apollo in the archaeological site. It then passed through Arahova, Livadia and Elefsina before arriving in Athens.
On Tuesday, the Olympic Flame will begin at 9 in the morning from the Acropolis and will reach the Panathenaic Stadium at 11.30, where the Handover Ceremony to the Organizing Committee “PyeongChang 2018” will be held.