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Olympic flame of the 23rd Olympic Winter Games 2014 will be held in Sochi, Russia

Olympic flame of the 23rd Olympic Winter Games 2014 will be held in Sochi, Russia welcomed today Volos, in a special ceremony held in the square Tassos , in front of the Town Hall of Volos , involving the Mayor k.Panou Skotiniotis , President Olympic Torch Relay Mr. Ioannis Karras and the representative of the Winter Olympics in Sochi , Mr Vladimir Maistrenko .

 

Welcoming the arrival of the Flame in the city of Volos Mayor k.Panos Skotiniotis stressed that hospitality for a few hours, the universal symbol of the Olympic idea, an opportunity for citizens of Volos to rediscover the thread with the ideals of Olympism which proclaims : Peace , fair play , solidarity . The Olympic flame, said k.Skotiniotis proves that there is nothing that separates the people of the planet. We should all learn from the messages, universal values ​​and actual ideals of Olympism , which both we need to season deep economic , social and moral crisis. These values ​​and these ideals is what we want to see and experience a way of life for our youth .

 

"From Volos, city of culture and sports, the city of democratic struggles, radical ideas and open horizons, the city where respect and acceptance to each" other, " to the ethnic, cultural or religious diversity is a rule and guide in public life , we send today we have our own messages of peace , solidarity and friendship among peoples , loyal to what Olympism professes , " he noted Mayor .



Referring to the host city of the Winter Olympics, Sochi , the k.Skotiniotis stressed that will go down in history as an Olympic city , as Volos in 2004. And that , he said, is of particular importance as the municipalities of Sochi and Volos , they concluded , since 2007 , a Memorandum of twinning and cooperation . At this point, recalled that, recently expressed their mutual desire this relationship be activated and acquire essential content. " Our cities , moreover , because the world-famous myth of the Argonauts , associated with ancient ties ," noted Mayor and added that the Municipality of Volos is preparing to submit a proposal to the Council of Europe to the mythical journey of the Argo to as cultural route.

 

Turning finally to the torchbearers k.Skotiniotis noted that a unique experience and special honor for those who had the opportunity to keep their hands on the Flame of Hope. "It was a price to qualify for the invaluable contribution to your sport and the voluntary movement of our municipality . As we have said many times , volunteering is culture , an expression , a way of life . Volunteering eminently embodies the values ​​and ideals of Olympism , " he concluded.

Mr. Maistrenko its part , citing Sophocles saying about the powerful force of human nature , he stressed that protagonists of this torch and the Olympics are the same people who participated in any way in the Games reinforce the unifying power of the Olympic flame , sending the message of peace and reconciliation between peoples. Finally , he expressed gratitude to the Greek people, the fact that " retains dedication Olympic tradition, transferring the around the world and especially by transferring the beneficial and optimistic Olympic spirit to new generations ."

 

The k.Karras warm words to Volos , whom he described as the city of champions and Olympians , referred to what the torch and wished to Sochi to host the best Winter Games.

 

In the context of the specific route has been drawn on Greek soil , the Olympic Flame arrived in Volos shortly after 1pm . The five torchbearers of Volos , selected by the Board of DOEPAP - DIPETHE , holding the symbol par excellence of the Olympic idea, after crossing the main streets of the city, leading to the Town Hall Square has been on a special platform with the altar to touch the flame.



 



 

Noted that the Olympic flame of the Olympic Winter Games will come 2,000 kilometers on Greek soil will go through 33 cities before ending in Athens, the Panathenaic Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 5 , before departing for Moscow .

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