Ancient Olympia, 18 October 2021 (TDI): The traditional Lighting Ceremony for Beijing 2022 Winter Games commenced on Monday in Ancient Olympia, Greece.
The Beijing 2022 Winter Games are scheduled for next year’s February, from 4th to 20th. Beijing’s hosting of the Winter Olympics makes Beijing the only city that has arranged both the Summer (2008) and Winter Olympics.
Xanthi Georgiou, a Greek actress, ignited the torch at the lighting ceremony, which is going to be flaming for the Beijing Winter Games 2022.
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Under strict COVID-19 rules, the ceremony was attended by President of Greece Katerina Sakellaropoulou, President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, and Vice-President of Beijing 2022 Yu Zaiqing, along with other delegations.
The President of the IOC delivered a speech on the ceremony and called the Olympic Games a means to connect people and promote friendly relations during the separated and divided world.
While highlighting the uniqueness of Beijing (as it is the only city to host both editions of the Olympic Games), he said that the hosting of the Winter Games by China will unite the world and attract them toward China’s vision to engage 300 million people in winter sports.
It is an international sport that takes place once every four years. The Winter Olympics is based on many games performed on the ice and snow. The present time Olympic Games are influenced by the ancient Greece games that occurred 2820 years ago, in the 8th century BC. In 1924, the first Winter Olympics was held in France.
The Winter Olympic Games- Beijing 2022 includes Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Curling, Ice Hockey, Luge, Skating, and Skiing. The Winter Games will be held in three competition zones, Beijing, Yanqing, and Zhangjiakou. All these zones are connected by high-speed railway and Olympic Lane Network.
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