The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic torch relay kicked off on Wednesday in Beijing.
Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, lit a torch from a cauldron at the launch ceremony held at the Olympic Forest Park, then handed it over to 80-year-old Luo Zhihuan, a former speed skater and China’s first winter sports world champion.
The torch relay has been scaled down and is being held under precautionary measures due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some 1200 participants will take part in the relay, which will last three days through three competition zones and culminate with the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony on Friday night.
The first day takes the theme “Showcasing Beijing as a dual Olympic city” as the flame makes its way to the Beijing Winter Olympic Park.
The Games will run from February 4 to 20.