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ATHENS, October 5 (Itar-Tass) - The Olympic flame, which was lit at the site of the ancient Olympics in Olympia, has been given to organisers of the Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi at a solemn ceremony in the Greek capital.
The Olympic flame will be transported to Moscow by special flight on October 6 where the Olympic Torch Relay will be launched, president of the organising committee Dmitry Chernyshenko said.
The Olympic Torch Relay “will involve 14,000 torchbearers, who will run 65,000 kilometres. At least 3,000 volunteers will take part in the event”, Chernyshenko said.
The Olympic Torch Relay will be launched on October 7 and ended on February 7, 2014 - the day when the Olympic Games 2014 are opened. The Torch will travel by cars, trains, aircraft, as well as by a Russian Troika, the traditional Russian carriage drawn by three horses harnessed abreast, and the deer team. The Torch will travel to 2,900 settlements, including capitals of 83 Russian regions.