TORINO 2006: The Olympic Flame arrives in Palermo
The Olympic flame yesterday arrived in the town of Palermo, where it will stay until 26 December. It will then continue its journey, visiting the town of Catania on Boxing Day. This is the 16th day of the Torino 2006 Olympic Torch Relay. The XX Olympic Winter Games - Torino 2006 begin in 47 days.
Christmas in Palermo
The Olympic Torch Relay has arrived in the city of Palermo, where it will stay over the Christmas period. There will be a public festival this evening in one of Palermo's piazzas to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic flame in the Sicilian capital. One of today's torchbearers was Alexandra Araujo, who was a gold medallist with the Italian women's water polo team at last year's Olympic Games in Athens. The torch has visited the towns of La Spezia, Genoa, Nuoro, Cagliari, Ragusa and Agrigento during the 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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