The Olympic Flame lighting ceremony of the Winter Games in Beijing took place in Greece

The event was attended by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, Head of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Greece Spyros Kapralos and other officials.

Spectators are not allowed to attend the ceremony due to restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Greek NOC announced that the first torchbearer of the Olympic Torch relay in Greece will be the alpine skier Ioannis Antoniou. Then the flame will be handed over to the Chinese delegation at an official ceremony in the historic Panathinaikos Stadium.

According to the information, this event will also be held without the presence of the public. According to the NOC, only 200 accredited persons will be allowed there, among them will be official delegations of both sides, including IOC President Thomas Bach. The torch will be sent to Beijing on October 19.

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