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KHABAROVSK, February 26, /ITAR-TASS/. Eminent sportsmen, who participated in Summer Paralympic Games in past years, will carry the Torch of the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi through the streets of Khabarovsk on Wednesday. The the Torch relay route here is three kilometres long. The Torch will be carried by fifteen athletes who achieved considerable successes in the sports arenas of various countries, an official in the Khabarovsk Territory administration's Ministry of Sports and Youth Policy told Itar-Tass.
Among the torchbearers will be the following: Ivan Khmelnitsky (swimming), finalist of the Summer Paralympic Games of 2008, Alexei Kapura (swimming), medallist and recordholder of the 10th Olympic competitions for the deaf, held in Washington, Leonid Dzhzuruk (athletics), and other Khabarovsk residents who found strength to engage in sports notwithstanding any worldly afflictions.
The Torch relay will begin with a Torch lighting ceremony in Lenin Square in the central part of the city. The Torch will then be carried to the Far Eastern state academy for physical culture. Over there, the Flame Bowl will be lighted, after which, the "regional spark"(flame in an icon lamp) is due to be passed on to Sochi. At the close of the relay phase here, a gala concert is to be given to relay participants and city folk.
Throughout Russia, more than 1,500 torchbearers and 4,000 volunteers will take part in the Paralympic Games Torch relay race.