The 2012 Olympic Flame is to be lit on Thursday May 10 in Ancient Olympia, site of the very first Olympics. The Olympic Torch Relay across Greece will be completed on May 17 when the torch will arrive at Athens’ Kallimarmaro stadium.
The Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) announced the Olympic Flame will be lit “with every solemnity, according to the traditional way" (Greek Reporter)
The HOC statement went on to say “The High Priestess Ino Menegaki will light the Olympic flame directly from the sunrays and then, after the ritual prepared by choreographer Artemis Ignatiou, the sacred light will be handed over to the first torchbearer, Greek world champion swimmer Spyros Gianniotis.”
The torch will be relayed to the Greek islands of Crete and Kastelorizo, before continuing its journey across mainland Greece. It will be relayed through Piraeus, Thessalonica, Xanthi and Larissa, the Belfast Telegraph reported.
On May 18 the Olympic Flame will be flown from Athens to RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall where it will commence its journey though the British Isles. The BBC will be providing online coverage of the Olympic Torch "offering a continuous stream of the relay's journey."
In all 8,000 torch bearers will be involved in the relay before the Flame arrives at London's Olympic Stadium where it will be used to light the opening ceremony of the games which commence on July 27.