Olympic flame flies to Russia ahead of Sochi Games

MOSCOW: The Olympic flame was due to arrive in Moscow on Sunday ahead of next year’s Winter Games in Sochi that have been marred by protests over Russia’s new “gay propaganda” ban.

The cherished symbol of world peace and international comradery was lit in Greece’s Ancient Olympia on September 29 and officially handed over to a Russian delegation in Athens on Saturday.

It was then loaded on to a charter plane and was to arrive at Moscow’s Vnukovo-3 airport — reserved exclusively for VIPs and officials — before being rushed to Red Square for a cauldron-lighting ceremony overseen by President Vladimir Putin.

The traditional torch relay will kick off on Monday and conclude when the couldron is lit at Sochi’s brand new Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7.

Source: AFP