Last month it was announced that former UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk would represent her native country of Poland while carrying the Olympic relay torch in PyeongChang, South Korea. Now, it’s actually been done and in the history books.
Watch Joanna Jedrzejczyk carry the Olympic relay torch in South Korea below:
“It’s a huge honor,” Jedrzejczyk The IOC decided that it was me, as a representative of mixed martial arts, who would take part in the relay race and run with the Olympic torch. MMA is far from being an Olympic discipline, so it is a great honor for me that I will be able to represent our country on such a huge international arena. That is why I am very happy about that.”
Jedrzejczyk joined fellow UFC fighter Antonio Rogerio Nogueira as a torch bearer after he carried the flame for his home country of Brazil back in 2016. Bellator MMA heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko also carried the torch for his native country of Russia.
The games will take place on February 9-25 and athletes will compete in 102 competitions in 15 sports disciplines. The Russian national team was ruled out of the games due to an alleged doping scandal.
According to this year’s Olympic Torch relay fact sheet, “With the motto “Let everyone shine”, the Olympic Torch Relay PyeongChang 2018 is an invitation for people to join in, bringing excitement and create a nationwide Olympic atmosphere. After the lighting ceremony in Olympia in Greece and the hand-over of the flame to the Organizing Committee in Athens, the flame will arrive on Korean soil in Incheon, on 1 November 2017. The relay’s journey will last over 101 days, and it will visit 17 metropolitan cities and provinces nationwide, including Busan, Ulsan, Daegu and Seoul.”
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