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    Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov (ATR)
    The journey into space will come during the relay for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Deputy prime minister and Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov disclosed the plans for the torch space trip during his report on Sochi preparations to the IOC Session.

    Other then the intent to send the torch aboard the International Space Station, he gave no other details of the space trip. Sochi 2014 CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko, who spoke before Zhukov, showed the IOC a map of Russia that displayed the proposed land route for the relay. He said the 120-day relay will be the longest-ever for an Olympics.

    London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016 also took to the podium at the IOC Session to report on their progress to the Games.

    Making final reports to the IOC Session today are Vancouver 2010 and the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Still to come on Thursday’s agenda are updates on work towards the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck and the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.
    The IOC Session runs until July 9 in Durban (ATR)
    Following yesterday’s open of the Session with the vote for PyeongChang as the host for the 2018 Winter Games, the IOC Session settles into a less frenetic routine for these last three days of the annual meeting.

    Friday the IOC will hear reports from 20 commissions as well as IOC departments.

    Saturday, the final day of the Session, elections of three new members is scheduled and there’s a vote for one open seat on the IOC Executive Board. Toni Khoury of Lebanon and Gunilla Lindberg of Sweden are the only known candidates so far. The deadline to file is Friday afternoon.

    This evening in Durban IOC members are invited to a dinner reception organized by their colleague Prince Albert of Monaco and his new bride, Charlene Wittstock, the South African Olympic swimmer.

    Today is also the birthday of IOC member Mario Pescante of Italy.

    Written and reported in Durban by
    Ed Hula.

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