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06 May 2004
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Lausanne: 2004 Olympic Torch Relay

Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee; Denis Oswald, Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens in 2004; and Bertrand Piccard, the famous round-the-world balloonist; will carry the Olympic flame when it passes through Lausanne on 24 June. Their names were revealed during a press conference organised at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, 100 days before the opening of the Games in Athens.

The Olympic flame to pass through the Olympic Museum
In fewer than 50 days, the Olympic flame will arrive on Swiss soil, from Amsterdam, for two stages of its journey: some ten kilometres in Geneva, and 48.6 kilometres in Lausanne. In Lausanne, the flame will pass through the Olympic Museum park. The same evening, it will leave for Paris by air.

One-hundred-and-twenty people in Lausanne
On 24 June, Lausanne, Olympic Capital, will give 120 people, from all walks of life, the chance to participate in a memorable day and carry the torch. The route chosen will enable amateur and handicapped sportspeople to carry the flame for 400m with no difficulties.

Three torch bearers present at the press conference
Three future torch bearers were present at the press conference: Adrian Bachmann, a kayak athlete who took part in the Sydney Games in 2000; Christiane Droux Wenger, a gold medallist in table tennis at the 1988 Paralympic Games in Seoul; and Frédéric Jaccard, whose grandfather took part in the Torch Relay in Lausanne in 1948 on the occasion of the Olympic Games in London.

Olympic Museum Lausanne
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