Torch relay launch ceremony for national special games held in Tianjin
The flame for the 10th National Games of Disabled Persons and the seventh Special Olympics is ignited on Aug 18 in Tianjin. A torch relay will last from Aug 18 through Aug 25 in this coastal city. [photo/cdpf.org.cn]
At 8:30 am on Aug 18, the launch ceremony of the holy fire collection and torch relay for the 10th National Games of Disabled Persons and the seventh Special Olympics were held in Tianjin's Cultural Center Square.
A grand ceremony is held to inaugurate the torch relay on Aug 18.[photo/cdpf.org.cn]
Paralympic swimming champion Yang Bozun and Olympic women's volleyball champion Li Shan joined hands as flame collectors to ignite the torch. The sacred flame guards used the torch to ignite the holy flame bowl in the middle of the rostrum. Sun Changting, the first torch bearer for Hexi District, then started the torch relay.
The flame for the 10th National Games of Disabled Persons and the seventh Special Olympics is ignited on Aug 18 in Tianjin. [photo/cdpf.org.cn]
As the ceremony began, the national flag of the People's Republic of China was escorted by four patriots, and then the national anthem was sung and the volunteers marched through the Tianjin Cultural Center. Twelve girls were divided into two groups and slowly entered the venue with the flame. Yang and Li entered the stadium. After a short wait, the torch was finally ignited, the music rang, and the audience burst into warm applause.
The first torch holder begins the torch relay for the 10th National Games of Disabled Persons and the seventh Special Olympics in Tianjin on Aug 18. [photo/cdpf.org.cn]
Three sacred flame guards introduced the sacred flame of the torch into the fire lamp and escorted it to the rostrum. After presenting the flames to the audience, the flame guards ignited the holy brazier in the middle of the rostrum, marking the success of the flame collection, and the start of the torch relay activities throughout the city.
From Aug 18 to 22, the torch relay route will cover 16 districts in Tianjin. After a short break on Aug 23 and 24, the holy flame will finally be introduced to the main venue of the opening ceremony on Aug 25.
The theme of the torch relay is "delivering dreams and caring for peers", which will once again set off a wave of support across the community, such as helping people with disabilities to integrate into society and participate in the Paralympics.