Sarajevo 1984

Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo 1984

Sarajevo 1984The Torch


Route Design and Details

After being lit in Olympia, the flame was taken by car and plane to Athens via Andravida, where it took off for Dubrovnik.

On 30 January 1984, the first torchbearer on Yugoslav soil was Veselin Djuho, a member of the Yugoslav water polo team which won gold in Los Angeles in 1984 and at Seoul in 1988.

A second flame was lit from the original flame, and the relay split into two parts between Dubrovnik and Sarajevo, one going through the east of the country and the other through the western part.

A total of 89 local Olympic torch relays were organised with a view to promoting Olympism as widely as possible. The torches used for these relays were lit from the main flame and taken to winter sports resorts and sports centres in the region. These local relays involved 7,500 people.

Map of the Route


Facts and Figures

Start date: 29 January 1984, Olympia (Greece)

End date: 8 February 1984, Koševo Stadium, Sarajevo (Yugoslavia)

First torchbearer: Haralambos Karalis

Last torchbearers: Sanda Dubravčić, Olympic participant in figure skating (1980, 1984)

Number of torchbearers: ~1,600 in Yugoslavia

Recruitment of torchbearers: Special commissions, created in all the municipalities through which the flame passed, selected workers, athletes and students.

Distance: 5,289km in Yugoslavia (2,602km for the eastern route and 2,687km for the western route). Of these, 900km were covered by torchbearers. The flame was transported in specially adapted vehicles for the remaining 4,389km.

Countries visited: Greece, Yugoslavia

Torch Details

Description: The handle was topped by a platform bearing the inscription “Sarajevo 84” on one side and the Mizuno logo on the other. The Games emblem appeared on the combustion tube.

Colour: Gold and silver

Length: 57.7cm

Composition: Wood and metal

Fuel: -

Designer / Manufacturer: - / Mizuno Corporation; Nippon Koki Co., Ltd


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