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Olympic flame stops in Seoul on Pyeongchang

Olympic flame stops in Seoul on Pyeongchang

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The flame arrived in South Korea on November 1, 100 days ahead of the opening ceremony for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games
Cheering crowds welcomed the Olympic flame to a freezing Seoul on Saturday, where the torch will be paraded for Pyeongchang for the start of the Winter Games. The outlook for next month ‘s sporting extravaganza has brightened since North Korea confirmed its participation, face to face with the South’s nuclear-armed neighbor.
The North American Games, which are expected to be accompanied by a high-level delegation, supporters, observers and an art troupe. South Korean freestyle figure skater Park Hee-jin raised the flame high before a crowd of hundreds who were gathered in the capital’s Sangam district in a ceremony held just weeks before the event on February 9-25. Fans unfurled banners wishing the Olympics success accompanied by the rousing sound of traditional Korean drummers, while others took pictures with their phones. “I am happy to become the first torchbearer in Seoul”, Park, told reporters. The skater, who took part in the Sochi Winter Olympics’ qualifying rounds, is one of more than 600 torchbearers participating in a 103-kilometer (64-mile) long journey around the capital until Tuesday. South Korean football star Cha Bum-Kun was handed the torch near the World Cup Stadium Sangam, has come for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

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The torch was also taken to the Gyeongbokgung Palace where it was carried in a sedan chair
“Go Pyeongchang, Go Korea football”, train Bundesliga player Cha said he was off, with fans singing his name. The torch was also taken to the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the grandest of Seoul’s historic sites, where it was conducted in a traditional way by the participants of the traditional costume court, which was reworked in the style of the Chosun dynasty which ruled from 1392 to 1910. .
“This enactment of a royal parade is highly symbolic.” “It means all the Korean people are involved in celebrating and preparing for the Pyeongchang Olympics”, torchbearer Lee Hong-Bae, who acted the role of a king and royal robes, told AFP. Led by dozens of flag bearers and traditional percussionists, Lee has some 250 meters (250 meters) before handing over the torchbearer. – ‘Largest-ever Winter Games’ – The Gwanghwamun Square, where Lee Hee-Beom, head of the Pyeongchang Olympic Organizing Committee, said that the Games would be “the largest-ever Winter Games” with more than 90 countries including North Korea taking part.

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The outlook for next month’s Pyeongchang sporting extravaganza has brightened since North Korea confirmed its participation, facelift security concerns over the South’s nuclear-armed neighbor
The flame arrived in South Korea on November 1, 100 days ahead of the opening ceremony for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games. It has traveled all over the world, and it has been one of the most famous people in the world. Kim Yuna, who won the ladies singles figure skating at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the silver in the same discipline at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Speed ​​skater Lee Sang-Hwa, who will be aiming for a record-equaling third Olympic gold in the women’s 500m in Pyeongchang, form US major league baseball pitcher Park Chan-Ho and Choo Shin-Soo, who plays for baseball team Texas Rangers, also held the torch. Overall, some 7,500 torchbearers will have taken part in the relay, covering more than 2,000 kilometers.

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