Officials at the London 2012 games have defended their decision to keep the Olympic flame hidden from view, once Friday’s opening ceremony had ended.
More than 200 petals were raised into the sky to form the Olympic caudron. But the flame is only visible inside the stadium and not to visitors to the rest of the Olympic park.
“It’s a bit exclusive,” said Helen Sadowski who was visiting the site from England’s Lake District. “I think it should be for everybody. On top of that!” she said, pointing to the Orbit Tower that stands next to the stadium.
London’s cauldron creator Thomas Heatherwise defended his design and pointed out that the flame visited more than 1,000 locations around the UK before the Olympics got underway.
“It’s been very exposed within this country and it’s like it was coming home into the (stadium) – it’s almost like the stadium represents some kind of temple,” Heatherwise told reporters.
A similar controversy angered spectators at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver who said their flame wasn’t easily visible. However Chinese officials did ensure the flame burned above the iconic Bird’s Nest stadium during the 2008 Games in Beijing.