— Published 21 September 2023

The flame has completed its journey

It’s a done deal. The torch relay for the 2023 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China (23 September to 8 October), completed its journey on Wednesday 20 September, three days before the opening ceremony. It began in the same city on 8 September, with an initial relay run by former swimmer Luo Xuejuan, Olympic champion in the 100 m breaststroke at the 2004 Athens Games. It ended with a final leg covered by tennis player Wu Yibing (pictured above), the first Chinese player to win an ATP Tour title, last February in Dallas. In the meantime, the relay has brought together 2,022 torchbearers, aged between 14 and 84. It has passed through eleven towns in Zhejiang province. At the same time, a virtual relay brought together more than 100 million people on a digital platform launched on 15 June. On Saturday 23 September, its digital flame will be lit at the same time as the official torch, during the opening ceremony.