Olympic Flame to spread excitement of games
6 March 2012
Seb Coe, the chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), has frequently spoken of the need to bring the excitement of the event to the whole of the UK.
Starting in May, one of the Olympic Games’ most iconic traditions will be used in exactly this capacity. The Olympic Flame will travel through over 1,000 communities as part of the London 2012 Torch Relay.
The relay will cover every county in England and every Local Authority area in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, guaranteeing that over 95% of the population will be within 10 miles of the Olympic Flame at some stage.
The route includes villages, town and cities, as well as landmarks such as Snowdon, Stormont, Loch Ness and Stonehenge. By celebrating the diversity of the UK, the Olympic Torch Relay aims to connect people to the Olympic Games and the values with which it is associated.
Mr. Coe, who is one of the speakers at this year’s Global Sports Forum, has spearheaded the organization of the London Olympic project. He said that the relay would “take the 2012 Games to almost every corner of the UK… the Olympic Flame gives our people and places their moment to shine. »