BTS' Jin to 'carry Paris Olympic torch'

By Park Ung Posted : July 3, 2024, 17:50 Updated : July 4, 2024, 08:23
Jin a member of K-pop boy band BTS performs during an event in Jamsil Seoul on June 13 Courtesy of BigHit Music
Jin, a member of K-pop boy band BTS, performs during an event in Jamsil, Seoul on June 13. Courtesy of BigHit Music.
SEOUL, July 3 (AJU PRESS) - Jin of K-pop boy band BTS is expected to serve as one of torchbearers for the upcoming Paris Olympics this summer, industry sources said on Tuesday. Specific details have not been confirmed yet.

As a traditional ritual, the Olympic flame was lit from Greece's ancient city of Olympia in April, beginning the torch relay for this year's quadrennial global sporting event. About 11,000 torchbearers have carried the flame through around 400 French cities, towns, and villages since May, with their winding journey set to culminate in the host city later this month.

The final torchbearer, whose identity is kept under wraps until the last moment, will light a cauldron at the opening ceremony in Jardin des Tuileries in Paris on July 26, symbolizing the official start of the Olympics.

Jin, the eldest of the band, who recently completed his mandatory military service, is reportedly preparing to head to France soon.

The Olympics are set to kick off on July 26, bringing together some 10,500 athletes from over 200 countries for a 16-day run. Korea will field some 140 athletes competing in 21 disciplines out of 32.
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