Oleg Kuvshinnikov said that the Vologda Oblast is ready for the Olympic torch relay.
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The Olympic torch relay will take place in Vologda on October 20, 2013. The ceremonial relaying of the Olympic Flame from Olympia, Greece, to the site of an Olympic Games began on October 7th. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin kicked off the Sochi 2014 Olympic torch relay. It will take 123 days to trek across the country in time for the Olympics opening ceremony.
The relay will traverse all 83 Russian regions and travel some 65,000 kilometers. Oleg Kuvshinnikov stressed that the residents of the Vologda Oblast are happy with the fact that Vologda is among 129 Russia’s cities that have the honour to take part in the Olympic torch relay.
The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee approved the torchbearers for the Olympic torch relay, the presenting partners of which are companies Coca-Cola, "Ingosstrakh" and "Russian Railways". The selected torchbearers include 130 representatives from the Vologda Oblast. Sochi 2014 torchbearers include athletes, public figures, teachers, doctors, rescue workers, military personnel, coaches, war and labour heroes, students, pensioners and many others.
Ded Moroz, Russia’s equivalent of Santa Claus is also among Vologda’s torchbearers. Russia's chief magician was appointed "Ded Moroz of Sochi 2014" by Sochi CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko in December 2009. And Russia’s Ded Moroz who lives in Veliky Ustyug (Vologda Oblast) is to take part in Olympic events and Paralympic Games in February-March 2014. His residence will emerge in the Sochi Olympic Park.
Overall, the torch will travel across more than 22,000 kilometers on the territory of the Vologda Oblast. Each torchbearer will run approximately 170 meters.
Then the flame will journey to the Republic of Karelia.
Vologda’ Governor Oleg Kuvshinnikov asked Vologda's residents to come to the streets of the city and support the torchbearers.
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