The Flame of Hope™ is among the most vital symbols of the Video games and stands above all for peace, unity and hope. Earlier than the official begin, the flame is historically lit in a colourful ceremony in Athens, and that is additionally the case for the Particular Olympics World Video games Berlin 2023.
After the ceremonial ignition within the temple Zappeion Megaron, the “Flame of Hope” was introduced by the Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the German Ambassador Dr. Ernst Reichel and plenty of different individuals of the Particular Olympics motion. Ernst Reichel and plenty of different individuals of the Particular Olympics motion handed over the “Flame of Hope” to Sven Albrecht (CEO Particular Olympics World Video games Berlin 2023), Mahmut Özdemir (Parliamentary State Secretary on the Federal Ministry of the Inside and for House Affairs) and Dr. Nicola Böcker-Giannini (State Secretary for Sport on the Senate Division for the Inner Affairs and Sport).
They in flip introduced the torch to Particular Olympics athletes Vassiliki Katsoudi and Natascha Wermelskirchen, who, along with Berlin police officer Maja Seidel, began the primary torch run via the streets of Athens to the German College.
Natascha Wermelskirchen, first German torch runner, Particular Olympics footballer and #Berlin2023 participant, stated: “What a day. To be one of many first torch runners in Athens makes me very proud. I am wanting ahead to bringing the flame to Berlin for the Video games.”
Torch run as an emblem for solidarity
And the journey continues because the Flame of Hope™ will now be dropped at Germany to the Particular Olympics World Video games Berlin 2023, touching German soil in Berlin already tomorrow.
On high, the so-called “Inclusion Day powered by Particular Olympics” will happen on 13 June as an extra program to the standard LETR® Ultimate Leg. Host cities throughout Germany have the chance to attract consideration to the Particular Olympics motion with their very own torch run.
As a grand finale, the Flame of Hope™ will arrive on the Opening Ceremony within the Olympiastadion Berlin on 17 June.