Paris 2024 plans Olympic Games relay changes, fewer torches, source says

The Olympic rings are seen in front of the Hotel de Ville City Hall in Paris, France, March 14, 2023. [Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters]

Paris 2024 Olympic torchbearers may not all get to keep their torches as a cherished memento of the Games because organisers plan to cut down on the number made in the name of sustainability, a source told Reuters.

It is still unclear how many torches, which usually burn a mixture of gases, will be produced for the thousands of runners who will take part in next year's relay ahead of the July 26-Aug. 11 summer Olympics.

But organisers are planning changes to the traditional months-long relay across the host nation to make it more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

There will also be far fewer torches than the several thousand usually produced for an Olympic relay by host cities, the source close to the torch lighting and relay planning process told Reuters.

Olympic Games torch bearers, who run a few hundred metres each with their torch before...

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