MOSCOW, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday watched parts of a rehearsal of the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony.
The president spent his first few days of the new year in the Olympic host city of Sochi, inspecting several sites for the upcoming Games.
The opening ceremony will start February 7 at 20:14 Moscow time, symbolizing the year of 2014. It will take place at the Olympic stadium Fisht and last for three hours.
During the rehearsal, some scenes with participation of actors and volunteers were shown to the president. Reporters were barred from the rehearsal.
According to game organizers, scenarios of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games are kept secret. Participants signed non-disclosure obligations with organizers.
It is known that the Olympic flame will be lit at the main stadium from the torch that was once exposed in the space. Russian cosmonauts took that torch into space during a spacewalk last year. The name of the last torchbearer has not been released by the organizers.
Earlier Saturday, Putin inspected sports infrastructure facilities in the city, took a train from the mountainous area to the coastal area and visited the Olympic Park railway station.