Trains, internet and wedding ceremonies among themes proposed for Pyeongchang 2018 Torch Relay

Nineteen winners of the Winter Olympic Torch Relay idea contest have been unveiled by Pyeongchang 2018 organisers in a special ceremony.

The “OPEN! Mission Relay” competition, launched by Pyeongchang 2018 in June to find suggestions for what should be included in the Torch Relay for the Games, attracted 2,665 entrants.

These came across four categories – potential Torch Relay routes, Torchbearers, modes of transportation, and creative contents in promoting the Games.

Twenty shortlisted ideas came from students, while 21 were submitted by members of the general public.

The entries were whittled to the 41 shortlisted contenders earlier this month before the 19 were recognised in a ceremony at Hangang Park, attended by Organising Committee President Lee Hee-beom.

Nineteen entries were recognised by the Organising Committee ©Pyeongchang 2018
Nineteen entries were recognised by the Organising Committee ©Pyeongchang 2018

Some of these are now expected to be implemented in the Torch Relay expected to begin late next year.

First place in the general competition was a proposal aiming to utilise local trains in order to carry the Torch.

Prize winner Yoon Seo-hyun claimed to have been inspired by the film “Train to Busan”.

Other winning submissions were entitled “The legend of Korea, Internet of Torch”, “Flower Sedan Chair Torch Relay to Mimic Tradtitional Korean Wedding Ceremony”, and “Where is the Torch Now? – GeolocationService”.

The project forms part of a broader attempt to raise public awareness and involvement in the Games.

“I would like to thank everyone who took part in the worldwide contest,” said Lee.

“There were many creative ideas submitted and I look forward to seeing the ideas be implemented during the Torch Relay.

“‘OPEN! Mission Relay’ shows that Pyeongchang 2018 Torch Relay will truly be an event for all.”

The Games will run between February 9 and 25 in 2018.

[SOURCE:-Inside The Games]