An official welcome for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Flame took place Sunday on Red Square in Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who lit the flame basin from fire of the Olympic torch, marked the start of the first stage of the Olympic Torch Relay.
Ten torchbearers ran with the flame around the grounds of Moscow’s Kremlin.
The flame was delivered to Russia by a delegation headed by Dmitry Kozak, Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee President, and Lydia Skoblikova, six-time Olympic champion.
The delegation carrying the flame was greeted by the Presidential Regiment. From the gates of Spasskaya Tower, soldiers created a corridor of flags from the 83 regions of Russia in the order that they will receive the Olympic Flame.
Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin walked along the route accompanied by Sochi 2014 volunteers to accept the torch.
The torch relay will continue in Moscow on October 7 and 8. Five hundred and ninety three torchbearers will run through the capital across 77 km. The route will go along main streets and the banks of the Moscow River.
Torch Relay celebrations will take place in Gorky Park, Vorobyev Mountains, the Luzhniki Stadium and the Europe Square.
The Torch Relay celebrations will end with the Moscow International Festival Circle of Light” on Red Square.