There's the Olympic cauldron but the Olympic flame is no more.
The shocking news that the Olympic flame has been extinguished and the British Olympic organizers can't light it again due to David Beckham losing the only backup flame has just been leaked by Greek officials, who want to remain anonymous.
The marvelous Olympic cauldron, made of 204 burning copper petals that represent each competing country, was lit and erected in the centre of the stadium during the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games last Friday night. On Sunday night, it was moved into the corner at the end of the Olympic stadium to echo the position of the cauldron at the 1948 London Games, but since then, nobody has seen the Olympic flame.
Technicians had to extinguish the flame for the move and it was to be re-lit using the backup Olympic flame. As during the opening ceremony, David Beckham was to deliver the flame by a speedboat. According to the leaked news, Beckham had an accident only meters before reaching the stadium and he capsized the boat. Although no one was hurt, the Olympic flame ended in the River Thames. Recklessly, Beckham took the original backup without leaving any additional emergency flame behind.
British organizers informed Greek officials about the situation and sent David Beckham, accompanied by the Special Boat Service, to bring the Olympic flame back to London and light the cauldron.
Greek officials were asked to keep this extremely embarrassing situation confidential. However, certain Greek politicians used this explosive information to blackmail the British government to support Greece's attempts at extending its bailout. Supposedly, when the British Prime Minister David Cameron refused yielding to blackmail, Greek officials let the news about the Olympic flame leak to the press.
The Olympic organizers fervently deny this breaking news and insist the Olympic flame is alive. However, it is indeed suspicious that the Olympic cauldron has been completely out of sight since the move and can be only seen on the large video screen broadcasted by a camera supposedly trained on the cauldron 24 hours a day.
We may never learn whether this shocking news leaked by Greece is true. The Olympic Stadium opens to the public this Friday, August 3, when the athletics program begins. Even if the Olympic flame is indeed dead, even if Beckham doesn't return from Greece in time, the Olympic flame will surely be alive on Friday for the whole world to see. It'll be only a matter of any British organizer having matches on early Friday morning.