2018 Olympic torch relay rout

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The Olympic flame arrived in South Korea on Wednesday where it will be passed throughout the country by thousands of torchbearers on a 100-day journey to the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. 

The Route

  • Over the following 101 days, the Olympic torch will be conveyed along a route measuring exactly 2,018 kilometres and winding its way through nine provinces and eight major cities across the Republic of Korea, with Incheon Metropolitan City providing the starting point.
  • The Olympic Torch Relay will reach its conclusion at the Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on 9 February next year.
  • The Olympic flame will be transported across the country by no fewer than 7,500 torchbearers. The torchbearers will each carry the flame for 200 metres.
  • The PyeongChang Olympic torch relay will stop at an island off the Korean Peninsula coast before its comprehensive trek through South Korea’s major cities and provinces

Basics

Olympic Games

  • The modern Olympic Games or Olympics are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions.
  • The Olympic Games are considered the world’s foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. 
  • The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.
  • Their creation was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD.
  • Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894, leading to the first modern Games in Athens in 1896. The IOC is the governing body of the Olympic Movement, with the Olympic Charter defining its structure and authority.

2018 Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as PyeongChang 2018,is a major international multi-sport event scheduled to take place from 9 to 25 February 2018 in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.

The elected host city was announced on 6 July 2011 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after the 123rd IOC Sessionin Durban, South Africa. Pyeongchang won its bid on the first round of voting, receiving more votes than both Munich, Germanyand Annecy, France.

The 2018 Olympics will be the second Olympic Games held in South Korea, after the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, and will be South Korea’s first Winter Games. Pyeongchang will be the third Asian city to host the Winter Games after Sapporo, Japan (1972), and Nagano, Japan (1998)

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