THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS 2003
The Flame of Hope Torch
The Special Olympics Torch Run will begin its journey
over 5,500 miles away in Athens, Greece by a relay of police officers
and Special Olympic athletes, where the Flame of Hope is used to ignite
the cauldron in Croke Park on the 21st
of June for the opening ceremony of the 2003 Special Olympics Games.
This Torch Run takes place in over 30 countries worldwide.
There will be 100 police officers and 10 Special
Olympics athletes participating in the run representing Ireland, USA,
countries in Europe and the rest of the world. These participants will
have previously taken part in a Torch Run in their own country.
The Torch Run's Final Leg Team is divided into 3 teams who will carry
the torch across Europe where it will arrive at Bangor,
Co Down on June
13th. The torch will then be carried around
Ireland where the team will be joined by members of the Police
Service of Northern Ireland and the Garda
The final leg team will then carry the Flame of Hope to Croke
Park on June 21st where it will be handed
over to a Special Olympics athlete who will light the cauldron marking
the opening of the Games.