All set for Paris 2024 Games torch ceremony after sunny dress rehearsal

Greek actress Mary Mina, playing the role of High Priestess, lights the flame during the dress rehearsal of the Olympic Flame lighting ceremony for the Paris 2024 Olympics in Ancient Olympia. [Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters]

ANCIENT OLYMPIA - The torch for the Paris 2024 Olympics was lit by the sun's rays in a dress rehearsal in ancient Olympia on Monday ahead of Tuesday's official ceremony that will mark the final stretch to the Games in France.

A Greek actress playing the high priestess used a parabolic mirror and the sun's rays to ignite the torch in the final rehearsal before Tuesday's traditional ceremony at the birthplace of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece.

The ceremony marks the start of a torch relay in Greece and France that will end in Paris for the start of the Games on July 26.

On Tuesday the flame will be lit in front of Greece's president of the republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) leadership and is unlikely to encounter any weather issues with warm temperatures and largely sunny skies.

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