Source: Adnan Nawaz, BBC Sport, UK
The symbols of the Spirit are the Olympic torch and the Olympic flame. Lit every four years in ancient Olympia in Greece, for these Beijing Games, the flame has been on an unprecedented intercontinental journey.
China's desire is for people everywhere to feel, live and understand its slogan "One World, One Dream". So the torch has been to places it never had before, highlighting the inclusiveness of the Olympic Games. There are more competing teams in Beijing than there are members of the United Nations. The international relay of the Olympic torch was certainly controversial with protests, etc.
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