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Friday, 9 December 2005

Greece Hands Over Flame

The Olympic flame has been handed over to Italian officials for transport to the Winter Games in Turin, after a ceremony that included actresses dressed as priestesses from ancient Greece.

The ceremony was held on Tuesday in the restored ancient stadium in Athens, where the modern summer Olympics started in 1896.

The flame was handed to Turin organising chief, Valentino Castellani, at a ceremony attended by Greek President Karolos Papoulias and the heads of the Greek and Italian Olympic committees.

The 7,022 mile relay through Italy began yesterday.

The flame will be carried by 10,000 torchbearers, gondolas, a Ferrari sports car and a cavalry regiment.

The final torchbearer, whose name has not been revealed, will light the flame at the opening ceremony in Turin on February 10th.

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