The Youth Olympic Flame will be lit by the sun’s rays on 24 July, during a ceremony in the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece, and will arrive in the city of Buenos Aires the following day.
The flame will start its journey in the province of Buenos Aires, before taking on a 14,000 kilometre tour of the country from the very south to the north of the country, carrying the message of Olympism’s transformative power to create a better world through sport.
The Torch Tour will be represented by the #UnitedBy the Flame campaign, which will invite social media users to carry their own digital flame. The initiative, which is to be launched in the coming weeks, is part of the #UnitedBy concept created by the International Olympic Committee to promote the values of Olympism around the world.
The Torch Tour will officially kick off on 5 August, when the sacred flame arrives in La Plata, the capital of the province of Buenos Aires, and the first relay takes place.
The 60-day journey will finish on 6 October at the Obelisk in Buenos Aires for the first Olympic Opening Ceremony to take place in a city centre and outside traditional stadiums.
The Buenos Aires 2018 Torch Tour will highlight Argentina’s cultural and geographical diversity, passing through the most iconic and touristic sites in Argentina. A relay will take place in each city that the Tour stops on, covering one kilometre, with 10 torchbearers passing the sacred flame from torch to torch.