STAVROPOL, January 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Another lap of the Olympic Torch relay race has ended in Stavropol, a city in southern Russia, on Friday. Thousands of city residents had gathered in the city center to watch how Igor Lavrov, the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Handball Champion, lit up the Olympic flame to the sound of salvos.
Igor Lavrov, the head of the regional Sport Ministry, had brought the Olympic symbol into Stavropol’s central square together with acting Governor Vladimir Vladimirov.
“We are celebrating a great holiday! It is a holiday for everybody who loves sport, their country and Stavropol!” Vladimirov emphasized.
“We are going to support our athletes together. They need our support very much,” Lavrov said in turn.
A concert and fireworks will end the final part of the celebrations in Stavropol despite an increasing snowfall.
The next “Olymic flame” stop will be in the town of Elista, the capital of the Kalmyk Republic.