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SARANSK, January 09, /ITAR-TASS/. The Olympic Torch relay-race arrives in the Republic of Mordovia. Air temperature is now above zero, Celsius. However, both bicycles and skis have been prepared for torch-bearers at some stages of the relay in the event of snowing.
The route of the relal-race in Saransk, 35.5 km long, will run via all sports landmarks of the city: the "Mordovia" sports complex with12 halls,t he BMX (biker moto cross) cycling center, the skiing and biathlon facility, and the Ice Arena, an official at the Republican Ministry of the Press and Information told Itar-Tass. The torch will be carried throught the streets of the city by 205 torch-bearers -- mainly prominent sportsmen, athletes, gymasts, biathloners and bikers. Among them, there will be Yevgeny Shvetsov, the pride of the republic, three-time winner of the Paralympic Games in London in running, as well as actor Stanislav Duzhnikov, a native of Saransk, known for the films "DMB"
and "The Voronins" TV serirs.
The first to carry the torch will be Alexei Mishin, winner of the Athens Olympics of 2004 in Graeco-Roman wrestling. The world-known republican children's and youth sports school of Graeco-Roman wrestling has been named in his honour. The torch will be brought to the finish by Olga Kaniskina, winner of the Beijing Olympics-2008 in the walking event.
Mordovia is also to welcome a 10,000th torchbearer whose name is not disclosed so far.
The itinerary of the Olympic Torch relay-race, which set out from Moscow on October 7, 2013, stretches for 65,000 km across the land. The relay-race will run via a total of 2,900 populated areas and is to end in Sochi, where the Winter Olympic Games will open on February 7.
Mordovia has trained 12 winners and medallists of Olympic Games. The RF Sports Ministry comission has referred to the Republic as a basic center for the development of 21 sports. The capital of the republic, Saransk, has been included in a list of cities to play host to the World Soccer Cup Finals of 2018. A stadium named Yubileiny (jubilee) with a seating capacity of 45,000 is currently under construction on the embankment of Insar River.