UWW President Lalovic Carries Torch at '22 Beijing Olympic Games
Monday, February 7, 2022 - 12:24 By United World Wrestling Press
Photo Credit: International Olympic Committee
BEIJING, China (February 6) — International Olympic Committee Executive Board Member and United World Wrestling President Nenad Lalovic carried the Olympic Torch at the opening ceremony of the 24th Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Lalovic, in addition to his obligations as an IOC Executive Board member, had great recognition on the opening day of the Games as he was one of the few bearers of the torch that lit the Olympic flame at the National Stadium.
“Being the torchbearer at the Olympics is a great honor and one of the most memorable moments for me, personally and professionally,” Lalovic said.
The Olympic flame was later placed inside a giant snowflake and raised high above the ground, where it will remain lit for the duration of the Games — February 4-20, 2022.
“I wish luck and success to all the athletes competing in Beijing,” he said. “IOC and Beijing Organising Committee have been phenomenal in organizing these Games despite the challenges due to the pandemic. With the growing popularity of winter sports, these Games will be an inspiring moment for sports lovers around the world and in the Olympic Moment.“
Lalovic, who has been the UWW President since 2013, was also one of the bearers of the Olympic torch lit at a traditional ceremony in ancient Olympia in Greece. The Olympic torch for these Games was carried by some of the most celebrated athletes and public figures in China while only selected foreigners had the privilege of being part of this abbreviated ceremony.
Unlike previous Olympic torch-carrying ceremonies, the torch for the Beijing Games was carried for only three days in three areas of the Chinese capital. In the build-up to the Games, he participated in the IOC Executive Board and IOC Sessions held in Beijing before the official opening of this edition of the Winter Games.