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Republic of Adygeya to greet Olympic Torch relay-race on Monday

February 03, 2014, 6:50 UTC+3 MAIKOP
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MAIKOP, February 03, 5:46 /ITAR-TASS/. The Olympic Torch of the Sochi XXII Winter Olympic Games arrives here on Monday from the Kabardino-Balkar Republic. Adygeya will be the 82nd region along the route of the record-long relay-race.

The keepers of the Torch will deliver the main symbol of the forthcoming Olympics to the city's race-course at 14:00. It will be greeted by ethnic folk daces of the local performing groups. Aslan Tkhakushinov, Head of Adygeya, will be the first to carry the Torch along the first 150 metres of the "Olympic" itinerary in Maikop.

Sixty torchbearers, among them 20 prominent sportsmen and oustanding persons of the republic will carry the flaming "Firebird Feather" along one of the city's thoroughfares across Lenin Square and to the main stadium of the capital of Adygeya. The route of the Torch relay-race will be over 10.5 km long, all in all.

The final torchbearer -- Valeria Ponomarenko -- winner and bronze medallist of the 2008 Paralympic Games, and silverand bronze medallist of 2012 Paralympic Games in point shooting -- will be greeted by the flags of Adygei tribes. Twelve horsemen will symbolise the 12 stars on the Adygei flag. Together with the Head of Adygeya, Ponomarenko will light the Olympic Flame Bowl at 17:00.

About 8,000 people at Maikop's main stadium will them watch a theatricalised concert-and-entertainment program, the emphasis in preparing which was laid on the rich ethnic culture and tradtions. Guests and residents of the republic will be able to admire the exciting Lezghin dance and an Ode to the Olympiade, written in honour of the main event of the year. The festivities will end with a firework display.

The Olympic Torch relay-race set out from Moscow on October 7, last year, and will end on February 7, the day of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi at the Fisht Olympic stadium.

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