• Short Summary

    BAD WEATHER YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) AFFECTED THE CEREMONY AT OLYMPIA IN WHICH THE OLYMPIC TORCH WAS KINDLED FOR TRANSPORT TO GRENOBLE - HOME OF THE 10TH WINTER OLYMPICS.

  • Description

    BAD WEATHER YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) AFFECTED THE CEREMONY AT OLYMPIA IN WHICH THE OLYMPIC TORCH WAS KINDLED FOR TRANSPORT TO GRENOBLE - HOME OF THE 10TH WINTER OLYMPICS.

    INSTEAD OF THE TRADITIONAL CEREMONY AT THE TEMPLE OF HERA THE LIGHTING HAD TO TAKE PLACE IN THE OLYMPIA MUSEUM, WITH ACTRESSES OF THE GREEK NATIONAL THEATRE ENACTING THE TIME HONOURED RITUAL.

    HAVING GAINED THE PERMISSION OF THE GOD ZEUS THE HIGH PRIESTESS PLACED THE SACRED FLAME ON THE HOLY ALTAR AND PRAYED THAT THE GAMES MIGHT BE JUST AND HONEST.

    SHE THEN KINDLED THE TORCH AND HANDED IT TO A WAITING ATHLETE FOR THE FIRST PART OF ITS JOURNEY TO ATHENS WHERE ON TUESDAY (19 DECEMBER) IT WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE FRENCH OLYMPIC COMMITTEE FOR TRANSPORT BY AIR TO GRENOBLE.

    YESTERDAY'S CEREMONY HAS A TRADITION DATING BACK - ALTHOUGH NOT CONTINUOUSLY - TWENTY SEVEN CENTURIES WHEN THE GAMES FIRST STARTED AS A TRIBUTE TO THE GODS ON HIGH OLYMPUS, NEARBY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACZZK1QUEHIACB2RB7SPSMMJHR
    Media URN:
    VLVACZZK1QUEHIACB2RB7SPSMMJHR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/12/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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