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Torch relay for PyeongChang 2018 to start in Nov.

All News 11:00 April 17, 2017

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- The torch relay for the first Winter Olympics in South Korea will begin on the day when the countdown reaches 100 days, the event's organizers said Monday.

The organizing committee for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games said the Olympic flame, as per the 80-year tradition, will be lit in Olympia, Greece, the site of the ancient Olympic Games, on Oct. 24. The flame will travel around Greece for a week and will be handed over to a PyeongChang delegation on Oct. 31 in Athens.

The torch will then arrive in South Korea on Nov. 1 to begin a tour through 17 cities nationwide plus 18 cities and counties in Gangwon Province, where PyeongChang is located.

In this file photo taken on Feb. 9, 2017, Lee Hee-beom (second from R), head of the organizing committee for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, holds up the Olympic torch unveiled at Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province. (Yonhap)

The torch relay will cover 2,018 kilometers in distance, signifying the year in which the Feb. 9-25 Olympics will take place.

The relay will go on under the slogan, "Let Everyone Shine," a nod to the Olympic flame itself and to PyeongChang's hopes of bringing the world together for the world's biggest winter sports competition.

The organizing committee said it will select 7,500 runners from all walks of life and will pick an additional 2,018 support runners.

The main runners will receive complimentary relay uniforms and receive a certificate of participation signed by the chief Olympic organizer and the head of the International Olympic Committee.

Three presenting partners for the torch relay -- Coca-Cola, Samsung Electronics and KT -- will accept online applications through May.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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