The Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Beijing 2022 Games will take place on 18 October 2021

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 15:57

The Hellenic Olympic Committee in close cooperation with the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (Beijing 2022) and with the International Olympic Committee, announces that the Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony will take place in Ancient Olympia on October 18.
Due to the situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Lighting Ceremony will be held in strict compliance with local health protocols. The Olympic Torch Relay on Greek territory will have a shorter duration than in the recent past.
The Olympic Flame will be carried by a few Torchbearers in Ancient Olympia and then will travel to Athens. On the next day, October 19, it will be delivered to the delegation of the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee in a handover ceremony at the Panathenaic Stadium.
The two ceremonies in Ancient Olympia and at the Panathenaic Stadium will take place without the presence of an audience and will be attended only by accredited persons because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Media accreditation details will be announced shortly.