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Chuvashia welcomes Olympic Torch relay

December 27, 2013, 10:01 UTC+3 CHEBOKSARY
It will be for the first time that Cheboksay residents and people of our republic come into contact with the history of the Olympic movement
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CHEBOKSARY, December 27. /ITAR-TASS/. The Olympic Torch relay arrives in the capital of the Republic of Chuvashia on Friday. The symbol of the Winter Olympics-2014 will be carried by a snowmobile, a sledge driven by Father Frost, and by the most high-powered industrial tractor which is manufactured in the Republic.

The relay here sets out from the railway terminal at noon. The honor to light the first torch has been given to Yelena Nikolayeva, silver medalist of the XXV (1992) and winner of the XXVI (1996) Olympic Games in the walking event.

"It will be for the first time that Cheboksay residents and people of our republic come into contact with the history of the Olympic movement. I feel delight and emotion as if I must again to get to the Olympic start," the sportswoman said.

Nikolayeva's opinion is that the city's "Red Square", where the torch will be delivered on a sledge driven by Farther Frost and accompanied by mounted guardians, will be the most entertaining phase of the relay spectacular. A folk celebration performance, which is to culminate in a "tractor show", will begin at 17:30 Moscow time (13:30 GMT), on the stage outside the Chuvash Drama Theater.

The Relay here will be completed at the Olympiysky Stadium where professional and children's artistic groups will perform. At 19:10 Moscow time (15:10 GMT), Vladimir Voronkov, Merited Master of Sports of the USSR and Olympic winner in ski relay-race, will light flame in the Olympic Bowl, after which a laser show will begin.

Cheboksary, one of the oldest Volgan cities, will be a 95th stopover of the Olympic Torch relay-race. Along a 33-km itinerary, the Torch will be carried by 163 torchbearers. About 300 volunteers will be at work along the entire route.

The Olympic Torch relay-race had set out from Moscow on October 7. The relay is to cover a total of over 65,000 km and encompass 2,900 populated areas in each constituent entity (region) of the Russian Federation. It will be crowned with the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi on February 7, 2014.

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