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Children vacationing at Orlyonok health-building center to greet Olympic Torch relay-race

February 05, 2014, 7:01 UTC+3 KRASNODAR
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KRASNODAR, February 05, 6:11 /ITAR-TASS/. The Olympic Torch relay-race arrives at Russia's largest children's health-building center Orlyonok (eaglet) on Wednesday morning.

The main symbol of the Olympics will be greeted by more than 700 children from 29 regions of Russia -- participants in this year's first holiday session dedicated to the Winter Olympic Games.

"Welcoming the Olympic Torch relaay-race will be the main event at Orlyonok," Master of Sports Alexander Dzheus, the Center's General Director and president of the Motorcycling Federation of Krasnodar Territory, told Itar-Tass. He will be the first torchbearer of the Center, to be followed up by Marina Tirvilite,14. Olga Makarova, winner of the All-Russian competition "Sochi-Vancouver-Sochi Olympic relay-race of volunteers, a member of the Sochi-2014 Organizing Committtee, and former group leader at Orlyonok, will carry the Torch in conclusion of the relay-race.

There will be 15 torchbeaerers along the route, three kilometres long. The relay will set out from the memorial slab which was installed in honour of the start of the construction of Orlyonok and where the first ceremonial assembly of Orlyonok vacationers was held on July 12, 1960. From there the Torch will be carried along the Center's embankment to the Fountain Square, the Yunost (youth) Stadium and to the Zvyozdny (star) Square.

"The Olympic Flame in a special capsule will be transferred from Orlyonok to the Lazarevskoye Township of the city of Sochi," Tatiana Kostenko, head of the public relations department of the Children's Center, told ltar-Tass. "The Center will keep the Torch in commemoration of the Olympic Flame relay. It will be handed over to the Orlyonok History Museum for storage," she said.

The Children's Center Orlyonok is a Federal state-run budget-supported educational estsblishment for chidren and teenagers, aged 11-16. The Orlyonok came into being in July 1960 as a tent camp on the shore of the Black Sea not far from Tuapse. It now consists of eigh chidren's camps. Five of them -- Stremitelny, Zvyozdny, Shtormovoi, Olympic, and Solnechny -- operate the year round, whereas the Komsomolsky, Dozorny, and Solnyshko function in the summer period. Within a year, Orlyonok receives more than 20,000 Russia's children. Three thousand children can vacation there at a time in summer and 1,500 in winter.

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