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18 Feb 2004
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Athens 2004: Olympic Torch Relay (Greece only)

Only a few days remain for those interested in submitting a Torchbearer Application/Nomination Form or an Escort Runner Application Form, and feeling the magic of taking part in the greatest and first-ever truly international Torch Relay that will mark the return of the Olympic Games to their home, Greece. The journey of the Flame will be watched by billions of people across the world, and the participation of thousands of torchbearers and escort runners will provide all areas of Greece with the opportunity to showcase their history, natural beauty and, most of all, their people.

Deadline: 20 February 2004
The submission deadline for Application/Nomination Forms (in printed or electronic form) is 20 February 2004. The number of applications submitted electronically has already exceeded 10,000, and processing of printed applications continues.

500 calls a day!
As far as the Call Centre is concerned, the number of phone calls received from Greece and abroad has more than doubled since its operation began. Today, the Centre handles more than 500 calls on a daily basis, the majority of which concern the Torch Relay and the Torchbearer and Escort Runner selection process.

How can I get more information on how to participate in the Torch Relay in Greece?
The ATHENS 2004 Torch Relay Call Centre operates Monday to Friday, from 8.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. (GMT+2).

For queries and clarifications concerning the ATHENS 2004 Torch Relay, you can contact the Call Centre on 800 11 2004 3 (toll free in Greece) and +30 210-373-3000 (outside Greece).

You can also visit the Torch Relay website at

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