Extreme Torch Relay

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Extreme Torch Relay from the Greek: Ακραίος ηλεκτρονόμος φανών is a newly introduced event for the 2008 Olympics.

The participants are divided into two teams. The objective of the Relay team is to carry the Olympic torch to the goal. The Blocking team is to prevent the Relay team from carrying the torch, and if possible, to extinguish the flame of the torch. Both teams are allowed to use various tools such as cars, fire extinguishers, flags, etc. The Relay team consists of torch runners, policemen and the people who support the Olympic host country. Anyone who has expressed their reason to block the torch relay may join the Block team.

If the Relay team succeeds in carrying the torch to their goal, the Relay team will win regardless of how many points the Block team has received. As for Block team, each country participating will be ranked according to the number of points they have received.

Technical Points[edit]

Places where games were held
  • Protests (1 pt per each demonstrator) The base points for this event is decided by the number of people participating, and this will have a large effect on the points gained by performances listed below. The cooperation of the local media is indispensable in order to receive high points, but this does not mean grass roots activities such as handing out fliers in the streets should be taken lightly. By this method, people who cannot participate directly may still contribute to increasing their country's score.
  • Touching the torch bearer (5 pts per person) Awarded for any instances where there is no overall effect on the Relay Team, but the Blocking Team manages to physically touch the torch bearer.
  • Interference (30 pts per person) Awarded for each instance the progress of the Relay team is affected. Points are awarded additionally in a separate category for creative interferences such as utilizing equipment (e.g. water balloons, bicycles, etc.)
  • Breaking in (50 pts for each break in) Awarded for each instance the progression of the Relay Team is obstructed. If the blocker is a member of the Relay Team, holds a noteworthy occupation, or is recognized by the media, additional points may be awarded.
  • Arrests (50 pts for each arrested person)
  • Rioting (100 pts or more) Awarded each time there are any skirmishes between the Blocking Team and Relay Team. The number of points awarded varies with the size of the skirmish, and holds the potential for a high score when combined with the above listed Arrests.
  • Extinguishment of the Flame (1500 pts per extinguishment of the torch, 9000 pts per extinguishment of the fire) Awarded each time the flame is ever extinguished during the match. An analogous situation would be a Touchdown in American football, and the Blocking Team's major objective is to strive to earn points by extinguishment. Most often, the team leading in points is also leading in actual and attempted extinguishments.

Artistic Points[edit]

  • Flags (1 pt for each flag) Artistic points awarded for flags and placards brought to the competition by the Blocking Team. As a special rule for the first event, the Tibetan national flag is under consideration for increased points awarded per flag.

Program Component Points[edit]

  • Security deployment (e.g. 1 pt per personnel, 50 pts per armored car)
  • Detour (500 pts per detour)
  • Short cut (1000 pts per shortcut)
  • Canceling (2000 pts per country)
  • Expression of regret by the route country government (1000 pts)
  • Expression of regret by the IOC (2000 pts)
  • Expression of regret by the host country (3000 pts)

Penalties[edit]

  • Death (-3000 pts per death)
  • Serious injury (-50 pts per injury)
  • Slight injury (-1 pts per injury)


Requirement for the host nation[edit]

Extreme Torch Relay is not always taken place in Olympic games. It depends on the status of the host country. The host country must fulfill several characteristics listed below:

  • The country is in a state of dictatorship
  • The country supports and/or sponsors terrorism
  • The country restricts and/or prohibits free speech
  • The country supports and/or is conducting genocide
  • The country is a major source of pollution
  • The country frequently boycotts the Olympic games

As it is quite unlikely a country that fulfils the above characteristics is chosen as a host country of the Olympic games in the future, the next Extreme Torch Relay event may not be held again for a long time.

Famous Teams[edit]

The Vagina Formation in Nagano. It is one of the most impregnable formation by Japanese relay team.
United Kingdom
Their Blocker Team had been arrested several times
France
Their Blocker team protested very aggressively to make officials give up ongoing. Even a flag was flown!
Japan
Their Relay team changed the place to start their performance from a famous Buddhist temple to the vacant lot where a prison used to be
Pakistan
Their Blocker team said it would throw bombs, in order to confuse the Relay team so they couldn't find the real Olympic flame
South Korea
Their Blocker Team drenched themselves with gasoline, in order to capture the flame by colliding with the torch bearer

2008 Results[edit]

Team Date Rank Score Protesters Flags Security Course change Extinguishment fighting Intrusion Captor Cancellation Total News Sources
Greece 24 March - 1,620 200 10 10 100 0 0 50x23 0 0 7,201
Almaty 2 April drop out[1]
Istanbul 3 April - 820 200 10 10 0 0 0 50x6 0 0 2,015
Saint Petersburg 5 April - 50 - - - - - - 1 - 0 49
London 6 April - 5,875 1,000 50 50 25 1500x1 500 50x25 50x37 0 35,123
Paris 7 April - 10,600 2,500 50 50 500 1500x5 1,000 50x25 50x35 0 696,969
San Francisco 9 April - 5,000 2,510 53 20,000 10,000 1500x0 1,000 50x25 50x10 0 17,251
Buenos Aires 11 April - 3,257 3,257 11 15,000 11 1500x0 5,000 50x12 50x50 0 15,125
Dar-es-Salaam 12 April - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Muscat 14 April - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Islamabad 16 April - 0 0 0 20,000 20,000 0 0 0 0 51,256[2] 100,000
New Delhi 17 April - 2,256 3,256 50 31 11,000 1500x0 12,123 50x11 50x17 0 14,231
Bangkok 18 April - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kuala Lumpur 21 April - 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
D'Jakarta 22 April - 0 0 0 0 8,000[3] 0 0 0 0 0 8,001
Canberra 24 April - 2,500 600 3 500 0 1500x0 25 50x0 50x0 0 11,111[4]
Nagano 26 April - 0 800 0 3,000 500 1500x1 50 50x0 50x7 0 8,850
Seoul 27 April - 3 0 10 2,001 500 1500x0 10 50x0 50x3 + 1,000[5] 0 6,250
Pyongyang [6] 28 April -
Taipei 30 April - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 300,000[7] 300,123
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Note[edit]

  1. Almaty protesters used EPO to enhance their performance
  2. Relay was held in closed door stadium (protesters threatened to throw real bombs), didn't count as a real relay
  3. The rally was held as a 100 tours around the central stadium
  4. 1,111 points were awarded for originality: a plane wrote "Free China" in the air
  5. One participant drenched himself with gasoline, jumped on the torch, stealing the fire
  6. No protesters due to North Korea's dictatorshiprule under Kim Jong-il.
  7. Host country didn't want any communists on its ground