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New Delhi: Torch for paris 2024 The Olympic Games were lit ancient olympia During a traditional ceremony on Tuesday, it signaled the final phase of seven years of preparations for the Games, which begin on July 26.
Due to cloudy conditions, Greek actress Mary Mina, playing the role of the High Priestess, used a backup flame instead of a parabolic mirror to light the torch, beginning a relay that would pass through Greece and France.
“In the difficult times we are living through, wars and conflicts are on the rise, people are fed up with hatred, aggression and negative news,” said the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). thomas bach Said in his speech.
“We yearn for something that brings us together, something that unites, something that gives us hope olympic flame The lamp we are lighting today is a symbol of this hope.”
On April 26, after an 11-day relay across Greece, the flame will be formally presented to Paris Games organizers at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, the site of the inaugural modern Games in 1896.
The next day, the flame will board a three-masted ship, the 'Belém', and arrive in Marseille on 8 May, where 150,000 spectators are expected to attend the ceremony in the city's old port.
The French torch relay will last for 68 days, culminating in Paris with the lighting of the Olympic flame on July 26.
(With inputs from Reuters)

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