Maradona not to carry Olympic torch in Buenos Aires

April 12th, 2008 - 12:11 am ICT by admin  

Buenos Aires, April 11 (DPA) Argentine football legend Diego Armando Maradona will not participate in the Olympic torch relay in Buenos Aires Friday, officials said. Contrary to the wishes of Buenos Aires city authorities and of torch relay organizers, Maradona did not cancel his commitments in Mexico and was set to remain there till next week.

However, torch relay officials confirmed that former tennis player Gabriela Sabatini will carry the torch on its last lap in Buenos Aires.

Other local sports greats, like windsurfer Carlos Espinola, former field hockey player Vanina Oneto, cyclist Juan Curuchet and about 80 other sportsmen and former sportsmen were also expected to carry the Olympic symbol.

The torch was set to cover just over 13 km Friday through the streets of Buenos Aires, the seventh leg of a very controversial international relay that was marked by violence in London and Paris.

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