SOCHI, July 8 (Itar-Tass) - Names of first Olympic torchbearers have been made public by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee three months before the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay starts.
Almost 6,000 torchbearers out of 140,000 candidates have been chosen. Torchbearers represent all 83 regions of Russia and were chosen in compliance with the International Olympic Committee’s guidelines.
The torchbearer campaign continued from January 15 to May 15.
Among first torchbearers are the world’s first female cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, four-time Olympic champion in men’s artistic gymnastics Alexei Nemov, three-time Olympic champion in synchronized swimming Maria Kiseleva, London 2012 paralympic bronze medallist Alexei Chuvashev, honoured gymnastics coach Nadezhda Nabokova, honoured teacher Gildagart Bott, cardiac surgeon Maxim Strakhov and popular blogger Sergei Dolya.
The Sochi 2014 Torch Relay will start in Moscow on October 7, 2013, and will end in Sochi on February 7, 2014.