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31 Dec 2005
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Naples Welcomes The Olympic Torch Relay

On day 22 of the Torino 2006 Olympic Torch Relay, the Olympic flame has reached the city of Naples. Tomorrow, the Olympic flame will continue its journey by travelling to the town of Frosinone. The XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 are 41 days away.
New Year in Naples
The Olympic flame will bring in the New Year in Naples, as we enter the year 2006 - year of the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006. The Olympic Torch Relay today passed by the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum - these now world-famous sites were covered by volcanic ash just under 2,000 years ago by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Italy’s passion for the Turin Games will be seen yet again, as the people of Naples gather in the Plebiscito piazza to celebrate an unforgettable New Year’s Eve. The Olympic flame has been to the towns of Catania, Reggio Calabria, Catanzaro, Cosenza and Potenza this past week.
Torino 2006 Olympic Torch Relay
The Torino 2006 Olympic Torch Relay began on 8 December 2005 in Rome and will tour the length and breadth of Italy for 64 days. It will cover a total distance of 11,300 km, visiting 140 cities, 107 provinces and all of Italy’s regions, as well as the neighbouring National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of San Marino, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland and France. There will be 10,001 torchbearers, who will carry the flame to Turin, where it will arrive on 10 February 2006.

The Olympic Winter Games will be held in Turin from 10 to 26 February 2006. The Winter Games comprise seven different sports and 15 different disciplines, which will be played out in eight different competition sites. Around 2,500 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and one million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.


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