Olympic cauldron extinguished - AFP

The position of the cauldron has attracted criticism

The elaborate cauldron lit at the London Olympics opening ceremony has been extinguished while it is relocated to another part of the stadium, AFP confirmed on Monday.

The Olympic cauldron - which traditionally burns for the entirety of each Games - was seen unlit within the Olympic Stadium at 11.14pm (2214 GMT) late Sunday.

Jackie Brock-Doyle, director of communications for the London Olympics organisers confirmed to AFP the cauldron had been put out in order to allow it to be moved to a different part of the venue.

"The cauldron has been put out while we move it to another part of the stadium," Brock-Doyle told AFP.

The Olympic flame - a symbol of the Olympic Games movement - would be kept burning in a lantern used during the torch relay until the cauldron was relit later on Monday, she added.

The cauldron was positioned in the centre of the Olympic Stadium before being lit by seven young athletes in the climax to last Friday's opening ceremony.

The position of the cauldron - and the fact that the flame will not be visible from outside the stadium even after it is repositioned - has attracted criticism.

At most past Olympics, the burning cauldron has been clearly visible from the outside of the main stadium.

 

Print
  • Twitter
  • submit to reddit
comments powered by Disqus

UAE-India Ties

Headlines

UAE Prayer Times

  • City Fajr Shuruq Duhr Asr Magrib Isha
  • Dubai 05:37 06:57 12:37 15:50 18:13 19:43

24 Hours

Cinema listing January 15 to January 21

Poll

Who will win the 2016 Oscar for Best Actress?

Most Popular

In Case You Missed It ...

eSuggestion eComplain eComplain eSuggestion

Follow
Emirates 24|7

Your Feedback

Are you satisfied with your browsing experience?

Prayer Time

  • City Fajr Shuruq Duhr Asr Magrib Isha
  • Dubai 05:37 06:57 12:37 15:50 18:13 19:43
  • Abu Dhabi 05:41 07:01 12:41 15:54 18:17 19:47
  • Al Ain 05:35 06:55 12:35 15:48 18:11 19:41
  • Ras Al Khaimah 05:33 06:53 12:33 15:46 18:09 19:39
  • Fujairah 05:31 06:51 12:31 15:44 18:07 19:37
  • Sharjah 05:37 06:57 12:37 15:50 18:13 19:43
  • Ajman 05:37 06:57 12:37 15:50 18:13 19:43
  • Um Al Quwain 05:37 06:57 12:37 15:50 18:13 19:43