As part of its numerous activities, the “Routes of the Olive tree” Cultural Foundation organizes two extraordinary events in 2008 !
A worldwide riding meeting / 63rd FIM rally 2008 in Messinia-Greece (7th-13th July 2008)
This event about “the Olive tree’s Mediterranean area” will take place in Peloponese and gather 3000 riders together, coming from 44 different countries! In an idyllic atmosphere, at the seaside, concerts, tastings of traditional and local products, photos exhibitions, excursions and many other activities are planned for everyone’s pleasure!
The Peace Flame transfer up to Beijing and Moscow on the occasion of the 2008 Olympic Games (14th July-31st August 2008)
50 riders will leave Messinia and go towards Beijing to transfer the “Peace Flame” as well as an olive tree branch, the universal symbol of peace, on the occasion of the 2008 Olympic Games. This trip, that is full of dynamism and symbols, comes within the scope of 2008 “European Year of intercultural dialogue”. The riders will follow the tracks of two main routes: The route of the Olive tree and the Silk Road, in order to pass a message of friendship, pacific coexistence, good development conditions and prosperity on.
Visited countries: GREECE - TURKEY - GEORGIA - AZERBAIJAN - IRAN - TURKMENISTAN OUZBEKISTAN - KIRGHIZISTAN - CHINA - MONGOLIA - RUSSIA - UKRAINE - MOLDAVIA - ROMANIA - BULGARIA – GREECE. The round will be 23.000 kms long!!