YEKATERINBURG, February 28, (ITAR-TASS). Torches of the Paralympic Flame relay-race will be lighted here on Friday from a stylised forged flower, inside the cup of which flame from blast-furnaces and open-hearth ones of five metallurgical mills in the region will be burning.
Governor Yevgeny Kuivashev said the forthcoming relay-race in Sverdlovsk Region would be an opportunity once again to introduce the region to the world, describe the abundance of its sports, cultural and spiritual traditions, and demonstrate achievements in fostering a nonbarrier environment and creating conditions for a full and active life of people in the region.
It is not ruled out that the relay will involve Anton Shipulin, a biathloner, Sochi-2014 Olympic winner, and Yulia Skokova, bronze medallist in speedskating, Vladimir Vlasov first deputy head of the region's government, told a news conference earlier. "This is yet another occasion to admire the successes of our fellow-countrymen who worhily represented the region at the main sports event of the season. At the same time we expect that our Paralympians, who are getting ready for the Games in Sochi, will also be able to gladden our hearts withtheir triumphs. I emphasize that the successes of Olympians and Paralympians are of equal value. However, we also know that the road to success and to sports medals is much harder for handicapped people," Vlasov remarked.
The overall length of the Yekaterinburg route of the Paralymic Flame relay will be 21 km. Flame will be carried through the streets of the city by 100 torchbearers, among them people with reduced capabilities, prominent residents of the Urals who made a contribution to the development and popularisation of sportss, coaches, athletes, as well as public figures. As many as 230 volunteers will be helping the onlookers and torch-bearers to get oriented along the route. The main festive merry-making will take palce in in the Square of 1905 in downtown Yekaterinburg.