The lighting of the Olympic torch marks a special moment for the country that's set to host the international sporting event, but for China, and their 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games, it was met with human rights activists protesting the Games as the flame was lit at Greece's Olympia on Monday.
Two women and a man were seen entering the site of the ancient Greek stadium and temple where the Olympic flame is traditionally lit.
The three unfurled a banner reading "No Genocide Games", as well as a Tibetan flag,.. seconds after the torch was lit.
Four other protesters were detained outside the stadium an hour before the ceremony, while two more were arrested in Athens on Sunday, after protesting at the Acropolis monument.
Despite the on-going protests, IOC chief Thomas Bach stressed that the Olympic event would go beyond challenges the world faces.
"The ancient Greeks understood that for the Olympic Games to take place, that for the Olympic Games to unfold their unifying power, they must stand above any political conflict.(CUT) The Olympic Games cannot address all the challenges in our world, but the Olympic Games set an example for the world where everyone respects the same rules and one another."
The on-going protests come as human rights groups and U.S. lawmakers have called on the IOC to postpone the Games and relocate the Winter Games.