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Polar Naryan-Mar to receive the Sochi-2014 Olympic flame relay race

November 03, 2013, 2:53 UTC+3

A special plane will deliver it from Syktyvkar at noon

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NARYAN-MAR, November 3 (Itar-Tass) - The Sochi-2014 Olympic torch relay race will arrive in the polar city of Naryan-Mar, the capital of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug (District), on Sunday. A special plane will deliver it from Syktyvkar at noon. The Olympic flame will start its route in Naryan-Mar on a reindeer sled, a traditional mode of transport in the Nenets Tundra, the press service of the administration of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug (District) told Itar-Tass.

A total of fifty people will take turns in carrying the torch on a 10-kilometer-long route across the city’s streets and squares. Several concert venues will be set up on the route. The Pustozyorsk Museum has prepared a costumed theatrical performance in which merchants and representatives of other strata of medieval Russia will take part. A traditional nomad dwelling of Nenets reindeer breeders - a steeple-roofed raw-hide tent - has been built on Lenin Square. The relay race will finish on Marad”sei (The Heart of the City if translated from the Nenets language) Square where an Olympic cauldron will be lit. The square has been decorated with five Olympic rings cut of ice.

The Olympic torch relay race kicked off in Moscow on October 7 and will end on the day of the opening ceremony of the Sochi-2014 Olympic Games on February 7.

It will last for 123 days and will run across the territories of 83 Russian regions. Fourteen thousand people will carry the Olympic torch through 2,900 populated localities. The torch, the symbol of the 2014 winter Olympic Games, will cover 65,000 kilometers, including on plane, by car, by train, in a Russian carriage harnessed by three horses (a Russian troika) and a reindeer sled. The Olympic torch has already reached the board of a nuclear ice-breaker, “The 50 Years of Victory”. It is going to fly into space.


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