The Olympic torch relays will not keep it: Paris 2024 breaks tradition
Yeray Vergara
May 9, 2024

Traditionally, leading up to the Olympic Games, there’s a tradition of carrying the Olympic torch. Furthermore, tradition dictated that the torchbearers would have the option to keep their torch. However, this year, in Paris 2024, that won’t be the case, and the Olympic torchbearers will not be keeping the torch.

The reason for this decision is that only 2,000 torches have been manufactured, while the number of torchbearers exceeds 10,000. As compensation, they will receive a ring as a keepsake. The explanation for not manufacturing more torches has been for an environmental reason.

Interestingly, this also happened at the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics, also in France.

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