The Flame is Lit for World Video games Berlin 2023


The Flame of Hope™ is likely one of the most necessary symbols of the Video games and stands above all for peace, unity and hope. Earlier than the official begin, the flame is historically lit in a colourful ceremony in Athens, and that is additionally the case for the Particular Olympics World Video games Berlin 2023.

Group of people holding the flame of hope.

Picture by Brian Gresham

After the ceremonial ignition within the temple Zappeion Megaron, the “Flame of Hope” was introduced by the Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the German Ambassador Dr. Ernst Reichel and lots of different contributors of the Particular Olympics motion. Ernst Reichel and lots of different contributors of the Particular Olympics motion handed over the “Flame of Hope” to Sven Albrecht (CEO Particular Olympics World Video games Berlin 2023), Mahmut Özdemir (Parliamentary State Secretary on the Federal Ministry of the Inside and for Dwelling Affairs) and Dr. Nicola Böcker-Giannini (State Secretary for Sport on the Senate Division for the Inside Affairs and Sport).

They in flip introduced the torch to Particular Olympics athletes Vassiliki Katsoudi and Natascha Wermelskirchen, who, along with Berlin police officer Maja Seidel, began the primary torch run by way of the streets of Athens to the German College.

Natascha Wermelskirchen, first German torch runner, Particular Olympics footballer and #Berlin2023 participant, stated: “What a day. To be one of many first torch runners in Athens makes me very proud. I am trying ahead to bringing the flame to Berlin for the Video games.”

Torch run as a logo for solidarity

And the journey continues because the Flame of Hope™ will now be delivered to Germany to the Particular Olympics World Video games Berlin 2023, touching German soil in Berlin already tomorrow.

It will lead into the official torch run (LETR® Closing Leg), which can run by way of Brandenburg and Berlin from 14 to 17 June, stopping off at a number of host cities.

On high, the so-called “Inclusion Day powered by Particular Olympics” will happen on 13 June as a further program to the standard LETR® Closing Leg. Host cities throughout Germany have the chance to attract consideration to the Particular Olympics motion with their very own torch run.

As a grand finale, the Flame of Hope™ will arrive on the Opening Ceremony within the Olympiastadion Berlin on 17 June.


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