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Olympic Games 2012: Ceremonies

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics by which port of entry the Olympic torch will enter the UK in 2012. (268799)

[holding answer 20 April 2009]: The Olympic Torch Relay and the Paralympic Torch Relay are matters for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). The International Olympic Committee recently announced that future Olympic Torch Relays are likely to be domestic rather than international.

The Olympic Flame will be lit in Olympia, Greece, a few months before the 2012 Opening Ceremony, from where it travels to Athens. The route from Athens to the UK has not yet been decided. LOCOG has always said that the primary focus for the Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays is to excite the UK in the lead up to the Games, and they are committed to making sure the Torch reaches all the nations and regions of the UK. The route will be announced in 2011.