China readjusts Olympic torch relay route following quake

May 22nd, 2008 - 1:28 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, May 22 (ANI): The Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) today decided to adjust the route of the Olympic torch relay because of the May 12 earthquake.

The relay was suspended for three days between May 19 and 21 in a national mourning period after the earthquake. It resumed in Ningbo City of east Chinas Zhejiang Province on Thursday.

The relay in the quake-hit Sichuan Province, which was scheduled between June 15 and 18, was postponed to August 3 to 5 before the torch is taken to Beijing, officials with the BOCOG said.

Adjustments will also be made in future legs of the relay route, the China Daily reported.

The 8.0-magnitude earthquake has so far claimed 41,353 lives.

The BOCOG said in a statement on its website that the relay will be closely related with the disaster relief work. (ANI)

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