IOC / OLYMPIC FLAME HANDOVER

19-Mar-2020 00:02:58
The Olympic flame has officially been handed over to Tokyo 2020 in a ceremony in Athens. IOC
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STORY: IOC / OLYMPIC FLAME HANDOVER
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SOURCE: IOC
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 19 MARCH 2020, PANATHENAIC STADIUM, ATHENS, GREECE
SHOTLIST
1. Aerial shot, Panathenaic Stadium.
2. Wide shot, raising of the flags.
3. Wide shot, Greek and Japanese delegates keeping two meters distance
4. Wide shot, Panathenaic Stadium.
5. Tracking shot, High Priestess bringing olive branch
6. Wide shot, Priestesses.
7. Wide shot, Greek, Olympic and Japanese flags in the breeze.
8. Wide shot, Olympic cauldron and Priestesses.
9. Aerial shot, Olympic torch arriving
10. Med shot, Japanese delegates applauding
11. Med shot, lighting of the Olympic cauldron
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Spyros Capralos, President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee:
“I wish to believe that the journey of the Flame in your country will offer joy and hope to the people of the whole world who are currently in pain and challenged. Let us hope that the Olympic flame, a symbol of peace and solidarity, will extinguish the virus and defeat it! And then the Olympic Movement, united and free from this vicious enemy will gather in Tokyo to celebrate the biggest sports event that unites the whole world, the Olympic Games.
13. Wide shot, delegates seated
14. Various shots, lighting of the Torch by the High Priestess
15. Zoom in, High Priestess hands over the Torch to Capralos
16. Tracking shot, Capralos carries the Torch
17. Close up, Flame
18. Various shots, Capralos hands over the Torch to Olympian Naoko Imoto
19. Wide shot, delegates
20. Med shot, lighting of lantern
21. Wide shot, officials walking away
22. Aerial shot, stadium
STORYLINE
The Olympic flame has officially been handed over to Tokyo 2020 in a ceremony in Athens.

No members of the public were present at the Panathenaic Stadium to help contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

Olympian Naoko Imoto received the flame on behalf of Tokyo 2020 from Hellenic Olympic Committee President Spyros Capralos in the traditional symbolic moment which marks the transfer from Greece to the next host city.

Capralos said: "I wish to believe that the journey of the Olympic flame in your country will offer joy and hope to the people of the whole world, who are currently in pain and challenged."

Imoto, who was part of Japan’s swimming team at the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996, stepped in after the representatives from Japan stayed in Tokyo as part of their measures against the spread of COVID-19. She is currently living in Greece, where she WOrks as head of education for the United Nations' children's agency UNICEF.

The Olympic Torch Relay through Greece preceding the handover was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, but two Greek priestesses entered the arena and watched on as Greek gymnastics Olympic champion Eleftherios Petrounias brought the flame into the stadium, which was used for the first Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896.

He ran a lap of the historic track before handing the flame to Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi to light the cauldron. It was then lit in a gold ceremonial cauldron which had been placed in the centre of the stadium.

The flame will be carried in a miner's safety lamp for the duration of its flight to Japan. The "Tokyo 2020 Go" plane is scheduled to land at the Matsushima air base tomorrow, local time.

Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori was originally due to travel to Athens, but instead sent a message by video-link. Mori repeated the statement of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that there is
no need for drastic action such as a cancellation or postponement of the Games at this stage, with the Opening Ceremony scheduled for July 24.
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