Greek shooting champion Anna Korakaki to be the first torchbearer for Tokyo Olympics 2020 torch rally. She is all set to become the first woman in the history of the Olympics honored to launch the Olympics Torch relay.
On March 12, Anna will attend the flame lighting ceremony for Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020 scheduled in Ancient Olympia. According to the Olympics Games official website, after High Priestess Xanthi Georgiou lights the Olympic flame, Korakaki will serve as the first torchbearer.
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Korakaki on her selection commented “It’s a great honor for me. I am thrilled, and I think the feelings will get even more intense in Ancient Olympia. I am looking to experiencing that moment and I’m sure it will remain etched in my mind and heart for the rest of my life.”
Anna Korakaki has won two medals in the Rio Olympics Games in the 25m pistol (Gold Medal) and 10m air pistol (bronze medal). The Hellenic Olympic Committee chose Korakaki as the first torchbearer.
HOC president and member of the International Olympic Committee said in a statement “It is a historic moment, as for the first time in history a female athlete will be the first torchbearer. I believe that Anna Korakaki has honored the Greek flag and our country, as she deserves it, not only for the two medals at the Rio Olympics but also for her successes after 2016.”
During the ritual ceremony, the Olympic flame will be ignited using the sun rays. For eight days, the torch will travel all around Greece and then it will be passed onto to the Tokyo 2020 team in a handover ceremony at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens.
On March 19, Pole Vault Gold Medalist Ekaterina Stefanidi is another Greek Athlete and will be the last one to carry the Olympic Flame at the Panathenaic Stadium.
Finally, the torch will be then passed on to Japan from Greece.
Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games are scheduled to play between, 24th July to 9th August 2020.