The ceremony for the official handover of the Olympic flame for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens and is open to the general public on Thursday 19th March at 11:00am.
The Olympic flame will be first lit at Ancient Olympia on the 12th March in the ancient Temple of Hera, where up to 30 priestesses or ‘Caryatids Kores’ perform a series of rituals, calling on the mythical god Apollo to light the Olympic flame.
The flame will then make its way through Greece with the Olympic torch relay covering over 2,000km’s and carried by approximately 500 torchbearers eventually reaching the Acropolis before arriving at the Panathenaic Stadium the next day. The general public is welcome to watch the ceremony, which will also be cast live around the world on the official Olympic Games website.
The ceremony is an absolute highlight for anyone visiting Athens. Visitors are advised to arrive well in advance of the 11:00am starting time (we suggest arriving at or before 9:30am) to witness the official ceremony which includes the Greek Presidential Guard, the City of Athens Marching Band and a performance by the 30 Caryatids Korres before the flame is handed over to the Tokyo Olympic Committee.
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All ages welcome and all events are free.
No tickets or registration required, seating is on a first-come basis.
Start time is 11:00am however we suggest arriving by 9:30am.
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