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  • Torches Wind Through South America and Asia


    (ATR) The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Torch is preparing to enter South America as the 2018 Asian Games Torch is winding its way to Jakarta, Indonesia.

    Lighting the Buenos Aires 2018 torch (Buenos Aires 2018)
    With more mutli-sport events taking place worldwide, the frequency in which torch relays happen concurrently is increasing.

    On July 24 the YOG flame was lit at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. The relay will then begin in earnest on August 5 in La Plata, just outside of the capital of Buenos Aires.

    Over 60 days the flame will travel 8,700 miles across the country. After leaving La Plata, the flame will go to the Nnrtheast of the country, including a visit to Iguazu Falls. The iconic waterfall was one of the stops on the Rio 2016 torch relay, as the landmark is located where Argentina, Brazil, and Parguay meet.

    The flame will then go to the northwest part of the country, down through the Mendoza wine region, and finally into Patagonia. There, the flame will go all the way down to Ushuaia, known as “the end of the world”.

    The flame will visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, and take a ride in the Beagle Canal separating Argentina and Chile ending the Patagonia leg.

    After Patagonia, the flame will return to Buenos Aires on Oct. 5, where it will open the 2018 Youth Olympic Games the next day.

    Throughout the relay people are encouraged to use the hashtag #UnitedByTheFlame to participate in the relay digitally.

    Flame in Sumatra

    In the final weeks of the 2018 Asian Torch Relay, the flame visited Muaro Jambi Temple Complex and Roesmin Nurjadin Air Base on the way to Jakarta.

    The torch relay in Jambi (Jakarta 2018)
    The 2018 Asian Games opens on Aug. 18 and will be the second time Indonesia hosted the flagship continental event.

    The torch most recently visited Riau and Jambi provinces on the island of Sumatra. Joint host city Palembang is located in the Southern part of the island.

    A Hercules C-130 carried to flame into Roesmin Nurjadin Air base on Aug. 1, where an air show was put on to celebrate the flame’s arrival according to Jakarta 2018. According to organizers, Pekanbaru where the base is located, was the 27th city visited by the relay.

    Two days later the flame spent the day in and around Muaro Jambi Temple Complex. Organizers say the temple complex is one of the largest in Southeast Asia.

    After a relay to Jambi, the flame will visit Palembang, the co-host of the Games.

    Written by Aaron Bauer

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