Russian President Putin Launches Torch Relay in Moscow

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken part in a ceremony in Moscow to launch the torch relay for next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Winter Olympics – History Of The Torch Relay | 90 Seconds

The torch will go on a 123-day journey covering some 65,000km (40,000 miles) before the Games start in the Black Sea resort on 7 February.

The torch’s journey will include a trip into space.

Mr Putin said the Games would show Russia’s “respect for equality and diversity”.

‘The way we love it’

“Today is a joyous and momentous day,” he said. “The Olympic flame – the symbol of the planet’s main sports event, the symbol of peace and friendship – has arrived in Russia, and in a few minutes it will be on its way around our huge country.”

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