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IOC President carries Olympic flame ahead of Winter Games

IANS  |  Seoul 

The (IOC) on Friday participated in the Olympic torch relay, hours ahead of the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter in PyeongChang,

Bach, a former champion, carried the torch on the last day of the relay, covering the route between the and the in the Alpensia ski resort in PyeongChang, 180 km from Seoul, reports news.

"I do the torch relay now for the seventh time, but every time it's like a first time. It's a very special and emotional moment," Bach said.

Bach received the Olympic flame from the of PyeongChang's Olympic organising committee, Lee Hee-beom, and carried it for 200 metres before handing it over to the

The Games, whose opening ceremony will takes place at 8 p.m., on Friday, are kicking off amid increased political attention surrounding the participation of North Korean athletes and the potential of improved ties on the

Both countries are set to march under a unified Korean flag at the opening ceremony, for which has sent its honorary president, Kim Yong-nam, Pyongyang's highest-ranking official to visit the South, and leader Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo-jong, marking the first visit of a member of the Kim dynasty to the South.

PyeongChang 2018 is the first Winter to be hosted by South Korea, which also hosted in 1988.

The Games will conclude on February 25.



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 11:02 IST