Quick Answer: What is the history of the Olympic torch relay?

Who invented Olympic Torch Relay?

Carl Diem used the idea of the torch relay devised for the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin by a Jewish archaeologist and sports official, Alfred Schiff . The Berlin Olympic Games were organized by the Nazi Party under the guidance of Joseph Goebbels.

Why does the Olympic torch relay?

A modern invention inspired by practices from ancient Greece, the Olympic Torch Relay heralds the start of the Olympic Games and transmits a message of peace and friendship along its route.

What happened to the Olympic torch relay?

The torch relay is subject to change due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The planned relay leg through Greece was cancelled, and both the lighting ceremony in Olympia and the handover ceremony in Athens had no public attendance.

What is the meaning of the torch relay?

New Word Suggestion. An event during which a ceremonial torch is carried by a succession of torchbearers.

Has anyone ever dropped the Olympic torch?

The Olympic cauldron itself has been extinguished by accident once, when a rainstorm hit the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was initially re-lit using a cigarette lighter, before being extinguished again and re-lit using a backup flame.

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