Who started the 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.
How was the Olympic torch lit in Ancient Greece?
The Olympic flame in ancient times
These Olympic fires were lit by torches carried from a sacred flame that burned always at the Temple of Hestia in Olympia, (Hestia was the goddess of the hearth or fireplace). The Olympic fires were kept burning until the Games were over.
At which Olympic Games was the Olympic flame introduced for the first time?
In the modern era, the Olympic Flame first appeared at the 1928 Amsterdam Games. The idea for the flame first had been suggested by Theodore Lewald, a member of the International Olympic Committee, who later became one of the chief organizers of the 1936 Berlin Games.
How did the Olympic torch get to Japan?
Following the handover, the Olympic flame was transported to Japan in a special aircraft bearing the name ‘Tokyo 2020 Go’, which landed at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Air Base in Miyagi Prefecture on 20 March 2020.