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BELGOROD, January 17, /ITAR-TASS/. Fyodor Yemelyanenko, a renowned sportsman and many-time winner of world championships in mixed martial arts, will be the first to greet the Olympiс Torch relay-race that arrives here on Friday. In all, 180 torch-bearers will carry the Torch thought the streets of this City of Military Glory.
The route of the relay is divided into sections of about 200 metres long each. The Torch bearers will pass through a "human corridor" via the main landmarks of Belgorod, its historical, cultural and sports centers. The symbol of the Olympics will be brought to the sports complex of renowned gymnast Svetlana Khorkina and will be carried through Glory and Bogdan Khmelnitsky Avenues, past the monument to Prince Vladimir.
The relay will end with festivity in the Cathedral Square. Sergei Tetyukhin, a player of the Belgorye volleyball club, winner of the London Olympics of 2012, will have the honour to light the Olympic Flame in a Bowl.
In view of the relay's passage through Belgorod, the regional department of youth policy announced a competition among "mobile reporters". Organizers hope to get from fellow-countrymen unique photos, video sequences, as well as interviews with participants in the Torch relay. The competition is held under the following nominations: "Sochi-Life", "Relay-Like", and "Olympic-Post". Winners will be awarded certificates and souvenirs bearing the symbols of the Winter Olympics. One will be able to see the results of their work in social networks.
For the other residents of the city, Friday January 17 will be a day-off. The city government announced this in all municipal institutions and at enterprises and suggested that private organizations relieve their personnel of work on this day.