Olympic champion and team ELEY pistol shooter Anna Korakaki is to become the first woman in history to start the Olympic torch relay ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Greek Olympic committee announced Thursday that it had unanimously picked Korakaki to begin the torch relay in what the committee president Spyros Capralos called a “historic” moment.
The flame-lighting ceremony is held in Ancient Olympia and will start on March 12th. Following an eight-day leg across Greece, the flame will then be handed over to Tokyo officials. This is during a ceremony which takes place at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens.
Similarly, the last torchbearer on the Greek leg will also be a Greek female medalist. Katerina Stefanidi, who won pole vault gold in Rio 2016, will be passed the torch at its final stop.
Then, the Olympic flame will then be transported by a special aircraft from Greece to Japan. On arrival on March 20th, the torch will continue its journey around the country beginning in Tohoku.
Speaking of the honor, Anna said;
“Extremely honoured, extremely moved! Today the Hellenic Olympic committee announced I will have be the first torchbearer for the Tokyo Olympics on March 12!”
Back in 2016 at the Rio Olympics Games, ELEY sponsored shooter Anna Korakaki won a gold medal in the 25m pistol discipline using ELEY tenex, and a bronze medal in the 10m air event.