A Greek olive branch wreath, known in ancient and modern Greece as “kotinos”, made from the branches of the legendary trees of Vouves in Crete, the oldest olive tree in the world, travelled to Rio, Brazil, for the Olympics opening ceremony, accompanying the Greek Olympic team.
This is the 4th time that Kotinos is travelling to the Olympics ceremony, as it has been previously sent to Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
Olympic champions were crowned with olive branch wreaths in the ancient Olympics. Kotinos has been for centuries a symbol of ethos and of fair play in the games that in turn symbolizes peace between nations.
The olive tree of Vouves is considered to be the oldest tree in the world between 3000 and 5000 years old and it still carries olives.