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Stéfanos Doískos is the first torchbearer in Olympia for the Paris 2024 Torch Relay.

When the Paris 2024 torch relay starts on April 16, 2024, the Olympic rowing champion will carry the flame first.

Stéfanos Doúskos
Stéfanos Doúskos

On Wednesday, November 22, the Hellenic Olympic Committee revealed the identity of the first torchbearer for the Paris 2024 Olympic Torch Relay.

The Olympic torch will be first carried by Stéfanos Doúskos. The Olympic flame will start its journey with the Tokyo 2020 rowing champion and end with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron during the Paris 2024 Opening Ceremony.

On April 16, Olympia, the birthplace of Olympianism and site of the Ancient Olympic Games, will host the Olympic flame lighting ceremony.

600 torchbearers will travel 500 km over 11 days, passing through 41 municipalities in Greece, to carry the flame.

The last torchbearer in Greece will be the water polo player Ioannis Fountoulis. At 35 years old, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medallist will have the honor of carrying the flame to the Panathean Stadium in Athens. On April 26, he will pass it on to Spyros Capralos, President of the Greek National Olympic Committee, who will then deliver it to the Paris 2024 organizing committee.

“Once again, the Hellenic Olympic Committee is ready to successfully carry out this important mission,” Capralos said.

After that, the flame will travel by water to France, arriving in Marseille on May 8th on board the three-masted ship Belem. After that, there will be a 68-day torch relay in France.

Ten thousand torchbearers will travel through all 64 of France’s territories carrying the flame until July 26, when the Paris 2024 Opening Ceremony will be held on the Seine River.

Important figures and dates for the Olympic torch relay

  • In Olympia, Greece, on April 16, 2024, the Olympic flame is lit.
  • The flame reaches Marseille, France, on May 8, 2024.
  • The Torch Relay spans 68 days and occurs throughout France.
  • The Olympic Torch Relay will travel through sixty-four territories.
  • There will be visits to five foreign territories: Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, French Polynesia, and Reunion.
  • There will be 10,000 Olympic torchbearers competing.
  • Opening Ceremony for Paris 2024, July 26, 2024
  • The average distance an Olympic torchbearer travels is 200 meters.

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