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MOSCOW, January 31, /ITAR-TASS/. Russia used the opportunities offered by the Olympic torch relay race in a unique way, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said in an interview with Itar-Tass.
“The torch relay race offers a unique opportunity to inspire people in the host country, to get them behind the Games, to make them familiar with the Olympic values, and Russia made a unique use of this opportunity with the longest torch relay ever, addressing millions of Russians and not only Russians,” Bach said.
“Via TV the whole world was witness of the Olympic torch in space and we saw those wonderful pictures from the North Pole and many other places,” he went on. “This was really inspiring to see and this is what Olympic flame represents as a message for Olympic values. It is to bring people together regardless of their race, beliefs or whatever.”
He referred to his own past experience as one of the athletes carrying the torch at the Olympics, saying it was very emotional.
Bach also said he made his first trip in the capacity of the IOC President to Greece last year to attend the ceremony of lighting the Olympic torch for Sochi. Now everyone is looking forward to see the flame to up in the Cauldron of the Olympic Stadium in Sochi.