Olympic Flame Returns To Greece
(ATR) - The torch relay for the Athens Olympics returns to Greece after a 33-day journey around the world.
The relay arrives in Crete late in the day for a welcoming ceremony at the airport, followed by another in Heraklio. Athens 2004 President Gianna Angelopoulos, a native of Crete, is expected to be on hand for the event, as is Denis Oswald, head of the International Olympic Committee's inspection team for Athens.
For the next 35 days the relay will travel on Greek soil, the flame carried by 7,000 runners. Stopovers are planned in 29 cities and six important archeological sites, including the Acropolis when it returns to Athens in August.
The final stop of the global relay in Cyprus on July 8 was not able to include a run through the Turkish zone of the divided island. Torch relay organizers rejected requests by Turkish Cypriots for a display of flags and a ceremony when the relay would have crossed the Green Line.