Route announced for London 2012 torch relay

Olympic organisers today announced that the Olympic torch relay would start in
Land’s End and travel as far north as the Outer Hebrides. The torch will arrive in
Cornwall from Greece exactly one year from today and continue for 70 days until the
opening ceremony of the Games on July 27, 2012. Members of the public can apply
to be one of the 8,000 torchbearers who will carry the Olympic Flame on its 8,000-
mile journey.

London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe said:

‘The Olympic Flame will shine a light right across every nation and region of the UK
and showcase the very best of who we are and where we live. The first locations on
the route confirmed today give a flavour of the reach the Olympic Torch Relay will
have around the UK and how extensive the opportunity for starting to celebrate the
London 2012 Olympic Games will be.’

Organisers aim to bring the torch within an hour’s travel time of 95% of the
population, including visits to Dublin, the Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey, Shetland,
Orkney and the Isle of Lewis.

Olympics minister Hugh Robertson said: ‘The Olympic Torch Relay brings London
2012 to the doorsteps of the UK giving everybody the chance to celebrate the
London Games. It’s a magnificent showcase for the country and a chance to mark the
achievements of inspirational people in our communities.’

There will be no international torch relay in 2012 after the controversial Beijing
torch relay in 2008, where protesters used the event to demonstrate against China’s
human rights abuses.

Britain’s IOC member Craig Reedie believes that making the relay a domestic event
will benefit the Olympics:

‘People used the torch as an opportunity for protest when it should really be an
opportunity for peaceful celebration.

‘That’s why the decision was taken by the IOC to make it a domestic relay only and I
think that can only benefit London and Britain.’

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