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Olympic flame handed over to Beijing Olympic organizers



ATHENS, March 30 (Xinhua) -- The Olympic flame was handed over to Liu Qi, president of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 2008 Olympic Games (BOCOG), at a grand ceremony held in the marble Panathenian stadium here on Sunday.

Minos Kyriakou, president of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, delivered the flame to Liu in front of thousands of spectators.

The flame, which was lighted in Ancient Olympia on Sunday, entered Athens on Saturday after a six-day relay journey in Greece.

The torch is to arrive March 31 in Beijing on a purpose-fitted airliner.


Source: Sina, China. Mar. 31, 2008

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Greek actress Maria Nafpliotou playing the role of high priestess holds the torch during the handover ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games flame, held at the Panathenan Stadium in Athens, Greece, March 30, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)


Liu Qi, president of the Organizing Committee of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, gives a speech during the handover ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games flame, held at the Panathenan Stadium in Athens, Greece, March 30, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)


Zhou Yongkang (L, back row), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and Liu Qi, president of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 2008 Olympic Games, pose for pictures after receiving the Olympic flame at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, on March 31, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)


Zhou Yongkang (L, front), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and Liu Qi (R, front), president of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 2008 Olympic Games, hold the lantern with the Olympic flame at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, on March 31, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)


Liu Qi, president of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 2008 Olympic Games, walks off the plane with the lantern which holds the Olympic flame at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, on March 31, 2008. The plane carrying the Beijing Olympic flame arrived in Beijing Monday morning. (Xinhua Photo)


A guard holds the Olympic flame at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, on March 31, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

BEIJING, March 31 (Xinhua) -- A chartered Air China plane carrying the Beijing Olympic flame touched down at the Beijing Airport Monday morning.

The 2008 Olympic torch was lit one week ago in Ancient Olympia, Greece, marking the start of the domestic and international torch relay that will end on Aug. 8 with the Games' opening ceremony.

An official welcome ceremony for the Olympic flame will be held late this morning at Tian'anmen Square.

The torch relay officially starts on Tuesday in Beijing when the flame is scheduled to depart for Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The Beijing Games relay is the longest and most ambitious ever planned, lasting 130 days and covering 137,000 kilometers (85,000 miles) worldwide.

The holy fire of the Olympics will also reach Mount Qomolangma, the world's highest peak. It will be the first time for the Olympic torch relay to be held on the 8,844.43-meter mountain.

The Beijing Olympics, the first to be held in China, will open on August 8 and run until August 24.




Source: Xinhua, China. Mar. 31, 2008


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People wait to attend the welcome ceremony for the Olympic flame and torch relay launch to be held at Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, China, on March 31, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)


The welcome ceremony for the Olympic flame and launching of the Beijing Olympic torch relay is held at the Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, China, on March 31, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)


A performer displays a banner of the Beijing Olympic Games emblem during the welcome ceremony for the Olympic flame and launching of the Beijing Olympic torch relay at the Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, China, on March 31, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)


People wait to attend the welcome ceremony for the Olympic flame and torch relay launch to be held at Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, China, on March 31, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)


Olympic men's hurdles champion Liu Xiang (front) runs with the torch at the welcome ceremony for the Olympic flame and launching of the Beijing Olympic torch relay at Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, China, on March 31, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

Source: Xinhua, China. Mar. 31, 2008

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Chinese President Hu Jintao lights a cauldron with the Olympic Torch during the "Welcome Ceremony for the Olympic Flame and the Launching Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay" at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, March 31, 2008. Hu officially announced the beginning of the Beijing Olympic torch relay on Monday. [Reuters]


Chinese President Hu Jintao hands the Olympic torch to Olympic hurdler and gold medallist Liu Xiang (L) during the "Welcome Ceremony for the Olympic Flame and the Launching Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay" at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, March 31, 2008. Hu officially announced the beginning of the Beijing Olympic torch relay on Monday. [Reuters]


Chinese President Hu Jintao (1st R) shakes hands with Hein Verbruggen, chairman of the Coordination Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), during a welcome ceremony for the Olympic flame and launching of the Beijing Olympic torch relay at the Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, capital of China, on March 31, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)


Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) receives the torch from Liu Qi, president of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 2008 Olympic Games, at the welcome ceremony for the Olympic flame and launching of the Beijing Olympic torch relay at Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, capital of China, on March 31, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)


Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), addresses the welcome ceremony for the Olympic flame and launching of the Beijing Olympic torch relay at the Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, capital of China, on March 31, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)

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