Vancouver Olympic Cauldron to light up for Rio Olympics Opening Ceremonies

Brian Coxford, Global News

The Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza will light up in celebration of Canadian athletes competing in the Rio Olympics.

The monument from Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympics located outside the Vancouver Convention Centre will light up for one day on Friday, Aug. 5 as Rio officially kicks off their Opening Ceremonies.

It will burn again on Sept. 7 for the beginning of the Paralympic Games.

“First lit for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games more than six years ago, the Olympic Cauldron holds significant meaning to British Columbians,” said Community, Sport, and Cultural Development Minister Peter Fassbender.

“Since that time, our province has continued to provide training and support services for future Olympians and we’re very proud of the many athletes from British Columbia representing Canada at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.”

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The cauldron will be lit during a public ceremony from 6:45 to 9 p.m. on Friday. Minister Fassbender will be on hand to deliver brief remarks and lead the celebration.

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