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Canada bears big burden in torch relay

<p>The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay to Vancouver will be the longest route in Olympic history and is expected to involve more people per capita than any other Games.</p>




The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay to Vancouver will be the longest route in Olympic history and is expected to involve more people per capita than any other Games.



John Furlong, Vancouver Olympic Committee CEO, was at Halifax’s Pier 21 yesterday. He said as many as 120 people will carry the torch on its 35,000-kilometre, 100-day journey across Canada.



The relay is expected to involve 12,000 Canadians from coast-to-coast, and Furlong said he hopes its final arrival in Vancouver will fill every Canadian with pride.



Details on the exact route will be announced after the Beijing Summer Olympics this year. Torchbearers will be chosen sometime in 2009.



VANOC’s decision to host yesterday’s announcement in Atlantic Canada helps boost awareness of the Winter Olympics in a region where only 40 per cent of residents knew the 2010 Games are being held in Vancouver.



 
 
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