- Title: ITALY: Sergei Bubka carries the Olympic torch
- Date: 10th February 2006
- Summary: TURIN, ITALY (FEBRUARY 9, 2006) (REUTERS) POLICE ESCORTING TORCH-BEARER RUNNING AMONGST CROWD IN TURIN STREET PAN ACROSS CROWD ALONGSIDE STREET FEMALE TORCH-BEARER RUNNING ALONG STREET PROTESTERS DEMANDING JOBS CLOSE UP OF TORCH PEOPLE RUNNING IN STREET PEOPLE RUNNING IN STREET / PROTESTERS HOLDING PEACE FLAGS AND FLAGS PROTESTING AGAINST THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TUNNEL FOR A HIGH-SPEED TRAIN CROWD USING MOBILE PHONES TO PHOTOGRAPH TORCH TORCH BEING CARRIED NEXT TO OLYMPIC VILLAGE POLE VAULT LEGEND SERGEI BUBKA BEING HANDED THE TORCH VARIOUS OF BUBKA TAKING THE TORCH BUBKA ENTERING OLYMPIC VILLAGE
- Embargoed: 25th February 2006 12:00
- Location: Italy
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Sports
- Reuters ID: LVA6T7C3AWDVL7RY2O8VY4EULBIH
- Story Text: The Olympic flame made its way through the host city
of the 2006 Winter Games on Thursday (February 9, 2006), winding
its way along the streets leading up to Turin's Olympic Village.
The torch was earlier forced to bypass its original
route due to protests in downtown Turin denouncing the
Games on the eve of the opening ceremony.
Games organisers said they decided to divert the flame
from the area of the protest after the demonstrators
gathered on its anticipated route and police warned of
possible harm to torch bearers or spectators.
It was the fourth time that protesters have forced the
torch to divert from its route during its two-month trip across Italy.
All along the torch's route demonstrators also
denounced a high-speed train, an anti-drug law and the
expected arrival of U.S. first lady Laura Bush in Turin.
But despite the changes in route the protests caused
minimal disruption and were mostly peaceful.
Pole vault legend Sergei Bubka was among one of the
torch-bearers to carry the flame along Turin's streets and
was garnered with the honour of carrying the flame into the
centre of the Olympic village.
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