Tokyo 2020 Gold Medalist to Begin Paris 2024 Olympic Torch Relay

Discover the kickoff of the Paris 2024 Olympic Torch Relay led by Tokyo 2020 gold medalist Stefanos Douskos in Greece. Follow the journey from Ancient Olympia to the Panathenaic Stadium!

Stefanos Douskos, the celebrated gold medalist in rowing from Tokyo 2020 representing Greece, has been announced as the inaugural torchbearer for the forthcoming 2024 Paris Olympic Games, as declared by the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC).

The Hellenic Olympic Committee unveiled the intricate details of the Olympic Torch Relay Paris 2024 during an event hosted at its headquarters, outlining the relay’s schedule in Greece from April 16 to 26, 2024.

Douskos, serving as the Chairman of the HOC Olympic Torch Relay Commission, will kick off the relay, while the men’s national water polo team, led by Tokyo 2020 silver medalist Giannis Fountoulis, will conclude the journey at the Panathenaic Stadium. At this juncture, the flame will be handed over to Spyros Capralos, President of the HOC, who will subsequently pass it on to the Paris Olympic Organizing Committee.

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Commencing on April 16 in Ancient Olympia, the lighting of the flame will signify the commencement of an eleven-day odyssey. Over 600 torchbearers will carry the Olympic flame across Greek territories, traversing over 5000 kilometers and encompassing 41 municipalities. The culminating event is scheduled for April 26, 2024, at the Panathenaic Stadium, revered as the site where the modern Games were revived.

The strategic route of the Olympic Flame has been meticulously charted with four primary objectives:

  1. Encompassing the entirety of Greece, connecting the country’s four corners from Crete to Alexandroupoli and Corfu to Kastellorizo.
  2. Showcasing significant archaeological sites, highlighting the historical and cultural treasures, including Ancient Elis, Mycenae, Knossos, Delphi, Ancient Philippi, Vergina, Sounio, and Acropolis.
  3. Displaying the picturesque landscapes that epitomize Greece’s natural beauty, including Methoni, Nafplio, Santorini, and Meteora.
  4. Honoring the profound historical ties between France and Greece, stemming from the strong friendship forged over the years, notably linked to France’s support during the Greek Revolution of 1821.

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