SEOUL The torch relay for next year’s Winter Olympics will begin in South Korea in November and vacation two,018 kilometers all-around the place before arriving in Pyeongchang to mark the start out of the Feb. 9-25 Games, organizers mentioned on Monday.
The flame will be lit in Olympia, Greece on Oct. 24 before coming to Korea for the domestic relay. It would then be taken through 17 towns and provinces by seven,500 torchbearers, commencing on Nov. 1 — the one hundred-day countdown to the Games, POCOG mentioned in a assertion.
The identification of the ultimate torchbearer has not been exposed nevertheless but it would be a enormous surprise if determine skater Kim Yuna does not mild the cauldron to start out Asia’s very first Winter Games exterior of Japan.
Kim, who pretty much single-handedly lifted the profile of wintertime athletics in South Korea, received gold at the Vancouver Games in 2010 and a controversial silver in Sochi four decades later on before retiring from the activity.
She was also a torchbearer at the 2006 and 2010 Games and mentioned the encounter would generate a “lifelong memory” for those getting section in the relay for Pyeongchang.
“It was a excellent honor to have the Olympic torch for Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010,” she mentioned in the assertion. “It inspired me to perform even tougher towards profitable a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games.”
Also on Monday, the South Korean federal government mentioned it would tack on two billion received ($1.75 million) in extra funding to aid nearby athletes prepare for the Games, Yonhap Information claimed.
The cash are in addition to the 33.seven billion received the federal government experienced by now set apart for athlete education and preparing.
Located in the mountainous Gangwon Province, some a hundred and eighty kilometers east of Seoul, Pyeongchang failed in bids for the 2010 and 2014 Winter Games before at last getting results.
The 2018 Games kick off an Olympic cycle in Northeast Asia, with Tokyo internet hosting the 2020 Summer Games and Beijing staging the Winter Olympics two decades later on.
There have also been suggestions the region could stage a few straight Winter Games with the Japanese city of Sapporo thought to be keen to stage the 2026 party.
(Reporting by Peter Rutherford Modifying by Sudipto Ganguly)