（中外新闻社 中外新闻网记者 韦 燕 刘暖尧）2月2日，记者在北京冬奥会新闻中心采访了解到：应北京冬奥组委邀请，希腊驻华大使乔治•伊利奥普洛斯(Georgios Iliopoulos)当日来到北京奥林匹克森林公园，作为第20棒火炬手，参加北京2022年冬奥会火炬接力。
On February 2, invited by the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee, the Greek Ambassador to China Mr. Georgios Iliopoulos came to Beijing Olympic Forest Park on the same day as the 20th torchbearer participating in the torch relay of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
Greece is the birthplace of the Olympic Games with a special reputation. Ambassador Iliopoulos is the only foreign ambassador to China participating in the torch relay of this Winter Olympics.
"As the Greek ambassador to China, I am very proud to participate in the torch relay of the Beijing Winter Olympics." Ambassador Iliopoulos said that the concept of the Olympic Torch originated from ancient Greece. In October 2021, the torch of the 2022 Winter Olympics arrived in Beijing from ancient Olympia. This is a symbol of the connection between the past and the present of the Olympic Games, and a major symbol of the Olympic spirits today.
"The Olympic Games are not just a sporting event, they also have important spiritual significance, even today." In the eyes of the Greek ambassador, the Olympic torch's flame represents passion, perseverance, creativity and ingenuity. These qualities underpin the core values of the Olympics, which are excellence in sports through physical and intellectual exercise. "Unity and connectivity are achieved through fair competition, openness, transparency and common rules, which are recognized and respected by all." He believes that this is the main symbolic meaning of the Olympic torch relay. We still need these values in today’s world.
The Beijing Winter Olympics once again united Greece with China. The reporter learned that China and Greece had close cooperation in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.