Paris 2024 torch relay from Greece underway after lighting in ancient Olympia

The relay for the torch of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games from Greece to France is underway after it was lit in ancient Olympia on Tuesday.

The lighting of the torch took place during a traditional ceremony in which Mary Mina, a Greek actress, took the role of the high priestess and ignited the torch with a backup flame, according to a report.

Traditionally, a parabolic mirror is used, but the backup flame was employed due to cloudy skies.

The torch will now travel on a 68-day relay before it arrives in the French capital, where it will set ablaze the Olympic Flame and signal the start of the Olympic Games on July 26, the report noted.

Greek Olympic rowing champion Stefanos Ntouskos is the first runner in the relay,
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