PARIS: In anticipation of Paris 2024, organizers revealed the exquisite design of the Olympic torch for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The unveiling took place at the headquarters of the Organizing Committee, and it promises to be a remarkable spectacle.
Renowned French designer Mathieu Lehanneur masterfully drew inspiration from three captivating themes of Paris 2024, which are equality, water, and peacefulness. Through his ingenious design, these themes are ingeniously reflected in the torch, enhancing the spirit of the forthcoming Games.
To symbolize equality, the torch exhibits perfect symmetry, a profound representation of unity and fairness. As for water, it embraces the graceful form of a wave, complemented by relief and vibration effects that elegantly emulate the fluidity of this vital element. The theme of peacefulness comes to life through the torch's gentle curves, evoking a sense of serenity and harmony.
The Olympic Torch Relay will witness the torch being carried by an impressive number of 11,000 Forerunners, adding to the grandeur of the event.
Following the ancient tradition, the Olympic flame will be ceremoniously lit by the rays of the sun in Olympia, Greece, before embarking on its journey to France, where it will gracefully cross the Mediterranean Sea.
The highly anticipated moment will arrive on May 8, 2024, when the Flame from the Paris 2024 Torch will ignite the Games, commencing the Olympic Torch Relay. And as the Olympic Games draw to a close, the torch's flame will be extinguished, but its significance will continue to thrive.
Representing the profound connection between Olympism and Paralympism, the torch will be reignited in Stoke Mandeville, the symbolic home of the Paralympic Games. In a heartwarming relay, it will be carried by 1,000 new torchbearers, illuminating the path with its enduring light.
Finally, the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games will witness a new cauldron being ignited by a new flame, symbolizing the enduring spirit and legacy of the Games.
Paris 2024 has undoubtedly created a torch that not only embodies the essence of the Games but also stands as a symbol of hope, unity, and progress for athletes and spectators alike.