Nanjing underwater virtual torch relay
The Virtual Torch of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) was transmitted 5000m underwater in its latest adventure on 4 July.
The Torch set sail from the Mawei Harbour in Fujian Provice, China for the West Pacific Ocean. At 9:30am Beijing time, the captain of a scientific research vessel, as part of a routine research trip, received the virtual torch, before passing it on ‘virtually’ along with the YOG mascot NanjingLeLe to a submersible vessel. The underwater trip took the Virtual Torch Relay deep down into ocean depths of 5000 meters.
It is hoped that the deep sea leg of the YOG Virtual Torch Relay will help inspire young people to learn more about the field of deep sea science and to always explore, innovate and protect the environment. Young people were invited to take part in the deep sea Virtual Torch Relay via the app so they could experience and learn more about the ocean and develop more environmental awareness.
Since the flame lighting ceremony for the Nanjing 2014 YOG, the Virtual Torch Relay has passed through more than 181 countries and regions. Enthusiasm for the Virtual Torch Relay APP continues to increase up to more than 70,000 downloads with 33 million hits from all over the world as of 5 July.
On 10 July the Virtual Torch Relay comes back to the mainland of China where it begins its internal virtual trip around the country. The physical Youth Olympic Torch Relay, with the real torch, will take place around the city of Nanjing from 12 July.