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«Rosa Khutor» picked up the torch


On March 5 at the alpine resort “Rosa Khutor” a colorful ceremony started the Paralympic Torch Relay in Sochi.

The Paralympic Torch Relay passed through 44 cities of the Russian Federation. Since February 26 the Relay involved a record number of participants: 1500 torchbearers and 4000 volunteers! In the town of Kubinka, near Moscow, within the framework of the «Sochi-2014» Paralympic Torch Relay the aerobatic team “Swifts” performed the demonstration flights and aerobatics on the MiG-29 fighters. In Pskov the Paralympic Flame was lit from the spark of a hammer and anvil, in Novokuznetsk — from the spark of the blast furnace! At “Rosa Khutor" resort all 44 torches symbolically joined to become the Flame of the Paralympic Games on March 7.

During the welcome speech at the ceremony of lighting of the Paralympic Flame at Rosa Khutor, the President of the International Paralympic Committee, Sir Philip Craven noted that the Flame of the Paralympic Games gives many people all around the world believe in their own strengths. According to Sir Philip, the Paralympic flame is a symbol of human will and fortitude that far exceed physical capabilities. The President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee Dmitry Chernyshenko expressed confidence that the Paralympic Torch Relay, launched on February 26 at Cape Dezhnev has become not only a vivid public event in the country life, but the Paralympic flame must unite people and country!

The Paralympic Torch Relay will end on March 7 at the opening ceremony of the XI Paralympic Games in the Olympic Park in Sochi.

Rosa Square, 03/05/2014

Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov lights the Paralympic cauldron

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