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Sochi Olympics flame may fly to space

English.news.cn   2013-01-14 19:53:32            

MOSCOW, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Flame for the Winter Olympics 2014 due in Russian city of Sochi may visit outer space during the relay, head of the steering committee Dmitry Chernyshenko said Monday.

"Olympic relay of Sochi 2014 will become the largest in Olympics history," Chernyshenko said during a ceremony in Moscow's Main department Store across Kremlin where the Olympic torches were presented.

According to the official, the torch will visit Russia's tallest mountain of Elbrus, Lake Baikal and the Northern Pole.

"We even hope that it will go out into open space," Chernyshenko said.

The Sochi Olympics Ambassador, Ilya Averbukh said this was intended to symbolize Russia as a technologically advanced country.

"There is an aspiration upward, to the victory. It will be a real feast," Averbukh said.

The torch's 65,000-km-long relay starts in October and will continue for 123 days with visit to all Russia's 83 regions. Over 14,000 torchbearers and 30,000 volunteers will accompany the flame.

Under the motto of "Hot. Cool. Yours," the Sochi Games which features 98 medal events will open on Feb. 7, 2014 and run until Feb. 23.

Editor: Wang Yuanyuan
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