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Olympic Flame relay to come to 90th Russian city of Orenburg

December 22, 2013, 7:08 UTC+3 ORENBURG
As many as 400 volunteers are involved in the Olympic relay
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ORENBURG, December 22, 5:41 /ITAR-TASS/. The southern Ural city of Orenburg will host the Olympic Flame relay on Sunday. This city will become the 90th Russian city on the way of the Sochi Olympic relay.

“The keepers of the Olympic Flame will light up the first torch from a lampion on the railway station platform,” Deputy Governor of Orenburg Region Pavel Samsonov told Itar-Tass. “The highlight of the Olympic torch relay in Orenburg will be the crossing of a footbridge over Ural River, where it is possible to pass from Europe to Asia,” he added.

Silver medallist in the 3m springboard synchronized event of the 27th Summer Olympics in Sydney Aleksander Dobroskok will be given an honour to be the first to carry the Sochi Olympic symbol in Orenburg. Following Dobroskok 202 people will be carrying the Olympic torch, including Anatoly Bykov, a fellow student of the first spaceman, Yuri Gagarin, resident of the besieged Leningrad and active ski racer in the all-Russia massive ski races “Russian Ski Track” Anatoly Gavrilov and London Paralympic champion in the 100m breaststroke event Pavel Poltavtsev.

The Olympic Flame will be lighted in the Orenburg cauldron at a festive ceremony upon the end of the Olympic relay stage at the main city sports and cultural complex. A bright festive show will be staged for guests and residents of the city.

As many as 400 volunteers are involved in the Olympic relay. About 3,000 policemen will ensure the public order and security.

The city of Syzran in Samara Region in the middle reaches of Volga River will take over the Olympic Flame relay from Orenburg.

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