8 Nov 2012

Games flame petals being sent worldwide

9:20 am on 8 November 2012

Hand-made copper petals from the cauldron that burned with the Olympic flame during the 2012 Olympics and Parlympics in London, are being sent to all member countries.

Designed in conjunction with FCT Flames of South Australia, the cauldron comprised 204 copper elements which formed a single flame during the opening ceremony for the Olympics on 27 July and at the Paralympics on 29 August.

"I am delighted to conclude the story of the cauldron by presenting each National Olympic Committee and each National Paralympic Committee with the copper petal that represented the achievements of their teams at the 2012 Games," London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe said on Wednesday.

"Each petal is an symbol of each nation's participation in the London Games and a fitting final gift from London to the world."

AAP reports the petals will reach their recipients by the end of the year.