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PyeongChang 2018 countdown: Republic of Korea awaits arrival of Olympic flame

After completing its week-long tour of Greece, on Tuesday 31 October, the Olympic flame was officially handed over to the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee as the Olympic Torch Relay gets set for its 100-day journey around the host country of next year’s Olympic Winter Games.


The handover ceremony tooks place in the Greek capital of Athens, at the iconic Panatheniac Stadium, which hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the inaugural modern Olympics in 1896.

The flame will now travel 8,500km eastwards by plane to the Republic of Korea, touching down tomorrow in the city of Incheon in the northwest of the host country.

As it makes its way to PyeongChang for the Opening Ceremony on 9 February 2018 over the following 100 days, the Olympic Torch Relay will see the Olympic flame traverse the length and breadth of the host country, taking in 17 provinces and major cities, and travelling via an eclectic mix of transport, including ‘turtle ship’ (a traditional Korean warship dating from the 15th century), zip-wire, cable car, steam train, and yacht!

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