Nearly 100 days before the 2024 Paris Games open, the Olympic flame will be lit in ancient Olympia on Tuesday for a torch relay stretching from the Acropolis to French Polynesia.

For the first time since events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Beijing Winter Games had to be toned down due to the Covid-19 pandemic, spectators will be able to attend the torch relay events. Some 600 dignitaries are expected at the ceremony on Tuesday, headed by Greek President Katerina Sakel-la-ro-pou-lou and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.

The ritual will see actresses in the role of ancient priestesses coaxing the Olympic flame into life with the help of a parabolic polished mirror in Olympia, southwestern Greece, where the Games were born in 776 BC.

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