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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-03-28

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Olympic flame in Athens on Sat.

  • [01] Olympic flame in Athens on Sat.

    Memories of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games are being revived as the torch carrying the sacred Olympic flame arrives in Athens on Saturday, as part of its journey to Beijing.

    Seven torchbearers will represent the City of Athens in the historic 2008 torch telay, which was launched on March 24 in ancient Olympia.

    Faithful to the principles of Olympism, Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis will run together with Paralympian Athanasios Barakas.

    Greece's largest municipality will also be represented by: former basketball star Vassilis Goumas; municipal sanitation worker Markos Spyridonidis, the father of nine; Therapy Centre for Dependent Individuals staff-member Theodora Passalidou; beach volleyball world champion Vasso Karadasiou; distinguished composer and poet Lefteris Papadopoulos; Sydney 2000 Paralympics gold medalist and Greek Paralympian Association deputy chairman Athanasios Barakas; as well as City of Athens Youth and Sports Organisation chairman, Athens councillor, physician and former basketball international Vassilis Kikilias.

    Torchbearers will take the following route: Mavromateon St - Alexandras Ave - Vas. Sofias Ave - Hellenic Parliament - Amalias Ave - Dionysiou Aeropagitou - Acropolis.

    Caption: Actress Maria Nafpliotou (R) in the role of a "high priestess" raises the torch of the Olympic Flame during a lighting ceremony for the Olympic Flame for Beijing Summer Olympics, in front of the Temple of Hera in ancient Olympia on 24 March 2008. ANA-MPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU


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