Olympic torch relay began in 1936 at Hitler’s Berlin Games

The Olympics started in 1986, but the torch relay started in 1936 at the Berlin Olympics under the rule of Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler.



March 18, 2020 - 10:15 AM

TOKYO (AP) — The torch relay was not always a fixture of the modern Olympics, which began in 1896.

The relay tradition started at Adolph Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics — the Games of the XI Olympiad — and was the brainchild of Carl Diem, who was the head of the organizing committee.

The Tokyo Olympic relay is scheduled to begin its Japan leg on March 26 in northeastern Fukushima prefecture.

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