Olympics: Russia unveils sleek Sochi Games torch

Russia on Monday unveiled a sleek silver-and-black torch to be used for the traditional relay leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

The 95-centimetre (37-inch) light aluminium object is shaped like a feather with an open eye in the middle outlined by a fiery red.

"Our team was working based on the ideology of the Firebird," designer Vladimir Pirozhkov told Russian state television.

It stands for the "luck and happiness that we are all after," Pirozhkov said.

The Firebird is a mystical creature in Russian folk tales that has magic powers and assists a famous prince.

Organisers said the matt silver in the torch design represented ice while the red stood for the fire kindling in the mountains that surround the holiday resort.

Russia's sports-mad President Vladimir Putin secured the palm-tree-lined city the unlikely title of Winter Olympic capital after putting up a firm defence of its candidacy while prime minister in 2007.

The city has since been transformed through a $19 billion investment programme that has seen new roads built and stadiums erected from scratch.

But economists question the long-term benefits of the project while environmentalists worry about the damage done to local wildlife and nature reserves.

The torch relay will begin on October 7 in Greece and stretch more than 65,000 kilometres (40,000 miles) as it winds its way past former Winter Olympic Games capitals on its way to the Black Sea.

The Games themselves begin on February 7, 2014 although Russia -- after initially mulling the option of even sending the torch to the International Space Station -- has still not released the relay's exact itinerary.

The propane gas torch weighs 1.8 kilogrammes (4.0 pounds) and will produce "a very bright, beautiful flame of bright orange-red," designer Pirozhkov said.

Each member of the Olympic relay ceremony gets to keep the torch as a momento of the Sochi Games.

Some 14,000 torches will be produced in all.

zak/as/phz

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Ayungin dilemma Ramon Casiple - Parallaxis
    Ayungin dilemma

    China faces a dilemma in Ayungin Shoal and other contested areas. If it waits for the ITLOS—which may decide against it—it would have tacitly bound itself to UNCLOS and risk a rogue state reputation if it asserts its claim in the South China Sea. If its militarily acts now, it may face international isolation. …

  • 48 nabbed in biggest anti-trafficking catch in Bongao VERA Files - The Inbox
    48 nabbed in biggest anti-trafficking catch in Bongao

    By Jake Soriano, VERA Files Bongao, Tawi-tawi—A team of Marines and policemen intercepted around noon Thursday 48 people, 12 of them minors, believed recruited by a human trafficking syndicate for work in Malaysia. The arrest constitutes what advocates called the … Continue reading → …

  • Docs vow to pay right taxes, make peace with BIR VERA Files - The Inbox
    Docs vow to pay right taxes, make peace with BIR

    By Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena, VERA Files Leaders of the medical profession have made peace with their former adversary, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and joined forces in a campaign to get doctors to pay the right taxes. BIR Commissioner … Continue reading → …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options