Source Title: Beijing Winter Olympics Tinder completes handover, Olympic Tinder will soon come to China again
Xinhua News Agency, Athens, October 19 (Reporters Xiao Yazhuo and Yu Shuaishuai) On the 19th, the Beijing Winter Olympics fired at the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens, the capital of Greece, and was handed over by the Hellenic Olympic Committee to the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee. The special representative of the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee-Vice Chairman of the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee Yu Zaiqing took over the fire from the Greek Olympic Committee Chairman Spiros Capraros.
“On March 30, 2008, we took over the fire for the Beijing Olympics and, together with people all over the world, hosted an unparalleled Olympic Games. For 13 years, we have vigorously promoted the Olympic spirit, actively promoted the Olympic culture, and spread Olympic knowledge. , China’s Olympic movement has achieved great development. At this moment, we will take over the fire of the Beijing Winter Olympics. The fire that carries the Olympic spirit will once again be displayed inside and outside the Great Wall, blooming the light of peace and friendship on the land of China! “Yu Zaiqing said in his speech that day.
The ceremony of the day began at 12 noon. According to the usual practice, the flag was raised and the Olympic anthem, Chinese and Greek national anthems were played. The famous Athens Philharmonic Orchestra played on the scene. Subsequently, the famous Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, who played the role of the highest priestess, led the other priestesses into the stadium with an olive branch. Then came the torchbearer-the runner-up of the 2004 Athens Olympics and the former Greek female water polo player Moraitizu.
Morettizu held an olive branch in one hand and the “flying” torch burning the Winter Olympics flame in the other. After running through a straight, he passed the flame to the second torchbearer-Li Nina, a former Chinese freestyle skier aerials . Li Nina won silver medals at the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and won three World Championships from 2005 to 2009.
The last shot of the torch relay was handed over to the Greek cross-country skiing and biathlon athlete Paraskevi Yadopulu. The 43-year-old veteran is still fighting on the field and has won the Beijing Winter Qualification for Olympic cross-country skiing. After receiving the torch, Yadopulu ran to the fire basin among the priests, and then lit the fire basin to complete the torch relay in the stadium.
After a dance by the priestesses, Capraros, the chairman of the Greek Olympic Committee, and Yu Zaiqing, the vice chairman of the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee, delivered speeches.
Capraros said that China and Greece have thousands of years of history and close ties. The Olympic flame will not only convey peace and friendship, but also bring Greece’s respect for China and good wishes. Capraros also said in Chinese at the scene: “Greece and China are good friends and good partners.”
“Beijing is making history and becoming the first city to host the Summer Olympics and the upcoming Winter Olympics. We are very happy to hand over the Olympic tinder to you here, and we have become part of history.” Capralos said.
After the speech, the highest priestess lit the torch again and handed it to Capraros, who then handed the torch to Yu Zaiqing, marking the successful completion of the fire handover ceremony.
According to the plan, the tinder for the Beijing Winter Olympics will be kept in the tinder lamp and brought back to China by the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee delegation.