A few months before the opening of the Olympic Games, a flame is lit at Olympia, in Greece. The location recalls the link between the Ancient Olympic Games and their modern counterpart. From there, the Flame is carried for a number of weeks to the host city, mainly on foot by runners, but also using other forms of transport.
Throughout the Torch relay, the flame announces the Olympic Games and spreads a message of peace and friendship between peoples. The Torch relay ends at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. The final runner (or sometimes runners) enters the stadium and lights the cauldron with the Olympic flame. The Games can then begin!
- Factsheet: The Olympic torch relay
- Olympic Charter: Chapter 1, Rule 13 and Chapter 5, Rule 54
- Education kit: The Olympic flame and the relay
- Reference documents on the Olympic torch relays (Summer / Winter)