China announces Everest Olympic torch relay team

May 2nd, 2008 - 3:10 pm ICT by admin  

Mt. Everest Base Camp, May 2 (Xinhua) China Friday announced the squad that will carry the Olympic flame to world’s highest peak, the Mount Everest. The 50-member team consists of torch bearers, coaches, officials and other support staff, Chinese mountaineering team spokesman Zhang Zhijian told reporters at the media centre at the Mt. Everest base camp located at an altitude of about 5,040 metres.

He said the mountaineering and the supportive teams would include Tibetans too.

“The ascent is officially called the Beijing Olympics Torch Relay Qomolangma (Everest) Leg and the team is called the Chinese Mountaineering Team,” he said.

The 137,000-km relay has been billed the most ambitious of all time, topped with an ascent of the 8,848-metre Mt. Everest in May as the highlight.

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