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Why the Olympic flame remains lit continuously for the duration of the events


THE SCAN SPORT - This tradition, which is directly inspired by the symbolism of the Olympic Games of antiquity, was imposed in 1928 in Amsterdam.

This is undoubtedly the highlight of the opening ceremony with the parade of delegations in the Olympic stadium.

The lighting of the flame by ever more original processes and by a personality whose name is very often kept very secret until the last moment, takes on an incomparable symbolic force in the world of sport.

In the popular imagination, there is no Olympic Games without a continuously lit cauldron for the duration of the events.

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The first modern Olympics had no flame

And yet, this tradition did not appear with the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. It took 22 years and a proposal from Baron Pierre de Coubertin, a convinced Hellenist, on the occasion of the edition taking place in Amsterdam to see it appear.

This novelty was the subject of a special ceremony on July 28, 1928 in the Olympisch Stadion.

After entering the stadium, the flame circled the track before feeding the cauldron on a high

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Source: lefigaro

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