Before being relit and transferred to first torchbearer, the Olympic flame went out briefly. The ceremony will be held amidst Temple of Hera ruins by the anicient Olympic Games Stadium. For a 70 day relay all over UK, flame will fly to Britain on 18th May.
Actress playing Olympic priestesses danced at the temple ruins, whereas men dressed themselves as herald. The symbolic meaning of Olympic flame represents purity, as it comes directly from sun. It was placed in an urn and will be brought to the stadium where the Olympics Games were held.
The remarkable moment has been marked by the gracious presence of games organizers, LOCOG, Lord Coe, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge and Hellenic Olympic Committee president Spyros Capralos and was held in Olympia.
While addressing BBC, Lord Coe said, “Today is the rallying call to the athletes - the best athletes of their generation - to come to London. That in itself is a big moment because it's the biggest sporting event in the calendar.”
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