The Flame has hit the road in Switzerland (Oct 28th to the 31st)
On September 17th, the Lausanne 2020 Olympic flame was lit during a traditional ignition ceremony in the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. The flame returned to Switzerland, where it embarked on a tour stopping in each of the 26 cantons of the country before returning to Lausanne for a tradition torch relay in the Olympic Capital, in the lead up to the Opening Ceremony of the Games on January 9th, 2020.
After having traveled to each of the districts in Vaud, the Flame hit the road on October 28th for its Swiss Tour. The first stop was Geneva where it was held by Paralympic Céline Van Till, for the delight of all children present. The athlete from Geneva (Equestrian; Track and Field) explained how sports were the best medicine for her and how they enabled her to come back to life: “I encourage you to never give up”
Another person for whom sports is “all of (his) life”, is the Swiss Marathoner (the fastest in our country!) Tadesse Abraham, a Eritrean refugee. He held the flame high in front of the United Nations building in Geneva: “As soon as you start doing sports, you have a dream!”
On October 31st, the Flame halted at the train station in Zurich, where it was welcomed by many passersby as well as Olympic Champion Dominique Gisin (Alpine Skiing) and European Champion and triple Olympic athlete Sarah Meier (Figure Skating). A moment rich in emotion!
After these first Swiss tour steps, The Journey of the Flame will continue on November 4th in Porrentruy (Esplanade Centre, 14.00-16.00), on November 6th in Neuchâtel (Esplanade de la Maladière, 9.30-11.30), on the 7th of Novembre in Bâle (Schulareal Bäumlihof, 9.00-11.00) and on November 9th in Soleure (Vieille Ville, 12.00-14.00).