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2014-05-28 16:25:41

ATLANTA, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Members of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) kick off State Summer Games by lighting the "Flame of Hope" at 9 a.m. Friday, May 30 at Philips Arena's CNN Center entrance for the LETR Final Leg. The torch passing is part of a press conference to announce the 2014 Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and to celebrate the 28(th) Anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Georgia. The torch has been passed across the state...

2012-07-21 23:01:07

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) confirmed arrangements for the Olympic Flame´s final journey down the River Thames on Friday 27 July and a selection of highlights for its seven-day journey around the capital. (PRWEB) July 21, 2012 The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) confirmed arrangements for the Olympic Flame´s final journey down the River Thames on Friday 27 July and a selection of highlights for...

2012-05-12 23:01:25

With only 78 days until the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic flame was lit at Olympia during a ceremony organised by the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC). The lighting symbolically marks the beginning of the Torch Relay that will bring the flame to the Olympic Stadium in London on 27 July. (PRWEB) May 12, 2012 With only 78 days until the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic flame was lit at Olympia during a ceremony organised by the...

2012-05-11 23:03:21

Running from 10 to 17 May 2012, the 3,000km (1,864 mile) Greek leg of the Torch Relay will see the Olympic Flame reach approximately 40 communities and be carried by around 500 people (PRWEB) May 11, 2012 — Running from 10 to 17 May 2012, the 3,000km (1,864 mile) Greek leg of the Torch Relay will see the Olympic Flame reach approximately 40 communities and be carried by around 500 people — London 2012 Bid ambassador is second Torchbearer on the 8 day journey across Greek...

2008-08-11 09:01:11

Beijing Olympic opening ceremony most solemn: Vietnamese media HANOI, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- The opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games full of unique arts performances exhibiting most striking the traits of China's 5,000-year-old culture and development could be the most solemn in the Olympic history, major Vietnamese newspapers said on Saturday. "Perhaps, in the Olympic history, people in the world have never before witnessed such a solemn, modern, unique and attractive opening...

2008-08-06 15:00:03

By Joe Havely, Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar Aug. 7--BEIJING -- The Olympic torch has begun the final leg of its long and sometimes controversial global relay, with tens of thousands of supporters cheering the torch's arrival in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Wednesday's carefully stage-managed ceremony began early in the morning in the Forbidden City, the former palace of China's emperors, with Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut, kicking it off. The ceremony, carried live on national...

2008-08-06 12:00:04

NBA star Yao Ming was among a host of Chinese celebrities to carry the Olympic flame as the torch relay began its final leg through the streets of Beijing today. Thousands took to the streets to see Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut, take the flame from the Meridian Gate of the Forbidden City. On it's first day in Beijing, the relay route takes the flame to major city landmarks including Tainanmen Square and the Temple of Heaven. The flame will be carried by 841 torch bearers over the...

2008-08-06 12:00:04

Olympic officials say in light of the controversy surrounding the world tour of the Beijing Games' torch, the 2012 Olympic torch will remain in Great Britain. The London Olympic Organizing Committee proposed the idea of bringing the Olympic torch directly to Britain following its ceremonial lighting in Olympia, Greece, in order to avoid potential demonstrations and embrace the roots of the ceremony, The Times of London said Wednesday. Committee leaders want the torch to be within 30...


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