TORCH RELAY

  • Fabrice Muamba carries Olympic torch July 22, 2012

    London: Fabrice Muamba carried the Olympic torch through London on Saturday, four months after collapsing on the field during an English football match. The Bolton midfielder's heart stopped for 78 minutes on March 17 after collapsing during an FA Cup match at Tottenham. While he is still not well enough to play,...
  • Fauja Singh, 101, dazzles in Olympic Torch relay July 21, 2012

    London: Punjabborn Fauja Singh, who defies age to run marathons, drew the loudest cheers on Saturday as the Olympic Torch was carried by him, Olympic medal winners and leading individuals through London amidst a welcome clear sky and sunshine. Clad in allwhite apparel and a matching white turban, the sprightly Singh...
  • Olympics 2012 global torch relay scrapped March 28, 2009

    London: The Olympic torch relay for the 2012 London Games will be confined to Britain, organisers confirmed on Friday. The past two summer Olympics have seen the torch taken on a world tour, but the experiment, started for the Athens Games in 2004, has now been scrapped. It follows the widespread political...
  • IOC scraps international torch relays March 27, 2009

    New Delhi: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has scrapped all future Olympic torch relays. The torch relay for both the Winter and Summer Games will now be confined to inside the boundaries of the host countries. IOC took the decision after the controversyridden journey of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Torch Relay. The...
  • Chinabased Indian woman runs in Olympic torch relay July 7, 2008

    New Delhi: Business executive Meena Barot on Monday created history by becoming the only Indian to take part in the Olympic torch relay in China, a moment she called the "most beautiful" in her life. Cheered and clapped by thousands of Chinese and a handful of expatriates, Barot, 36, who...
  • Olympic torch relay downscaled after quake hits China May 14, 2008

    Beijing: The Olympic torch relay will be simplified, downscaled and open with a minute of silence Wednesday when a leg starts in the southeastern city of Ruijin, a symbolic gesture to thousands who died in a massive earthquake in central China. The announcement on Tuesday by Beijing Olympic organizers was a...
  • Protests dog Olympic torch run in Bangkok April 20, 2008

    Bangkok: About two hundred China supporters taunted proTibet demonstrators as the Olympic torch was paraded through Bangkok amid tight security on Saturday. Police pushed back several people who tried to advance beyond barricades to counter demonstrations by scores of activists angry at China's human rights record and rule over Tibet. A crowd...
  • Olympic torch arrives in Thailand amid tight security April 18, 2008

    Bangkok: The Olympic flame arrived under tight security in Thailand on Friday for the latest leg of its roundtheworld relay and was quickly taken to a luxury hotel to await an official welcome by the country's crown princess. Thousands of police and military have been ordered to secure Saturday's torch relay...
  • No also rans, all winners at Olympic torch relay April 18, 2008

    New Delhi: The intense security arrangements made by Delhi police for the Olympic torch run paid off. Unlike London and Paris, no Tibetan protester got close to the torch. After all the soul searching and controversy over whether they should, 70 of Indias best known sportsmen and celebrities participated in...
  • First Person: Dream come true for CNNIBN journalist April 18, 2008

    Digvijay Singh Deo on how it felt running with the Olympics torch. ...
  • Your loss: IOA boss tells celebs who skipped relay April 18, 2008

    New Delhi: The sportspersons and celebrities who pulled out from the Olympics torch relay on Thursday missed out being part of a historic moment and their move did not affect the event, India Olympic Association (IOA) president Suresh Kalmadi said. Kalmadi was a relieved man after the relay passed off successfully....
  • In pics: Stars, athletes keep spirit of Olympic Games alive April 17, 2008

    The Olympic relay will begin at around 1530 hrs IST and the event is expected to be over within an hour. The ceremony is out of bounds for everyone except chosen athletes, dignitaries, schoolchildren and the media. The torch would be kept at an "undisclosed" safe house until the relay...
  • Ayaan Ali, Jaspal Rana pull out of Olympic torch relay April 17, 2008

    New Delhi: The troubled Olympic torch relay run in the capital today suffered more jolts with ace shooter Jaspal Rana and musician Ayaan Ali Bangash pulling out barely a few hours before the event, citing personal reasons. The two of them were part of the official list of 70 torchbearers announced...
  • In pics: Tibetan protests ahead of Olympic torch relay April 17, 2008

    As the Beijing Olympics torch relay takes place in the capital on Thursday, protesting Tibetans will run a parallel torch relay for a "free Tibet" on the other side of the city at the same time. ...
  • 40 Tibetans held as Delhi readies for Olympic relay April 17, 2008

    New Delhi: More than 40 Tibetan demonstrators were detained in two separate places early on Thursday, shortly after the Olympic torch reached the Indian capital from Pakistan. The first of 30 Tibetans were held around 2.30 am near Dhaula Kuan in south Delhi as they tried to block traffic on the...
  • The complete list of torchbearers in India April 17, 2008

    The complete list of torchbearers for Delhi relay Anju Bobby George Jyotirmoyee Sikdar K M Binamol Kamaljit Singh Kooner MD Valsamma Shiny Wilson Bahadur Singh...
  • Olympic flame reaches Delhi amid protests | Your say April 17, 2008

    New Delhi: Even as proTibet protests gain momentum in Delhi, a special Air China plane carrying the Olympic flame touched down at the Indira Gandhi International Airport at 1 am on Thursday. The flame, travelling from Islamabad to New Delhi, was handed over to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Chief...
  • Do celebs take the fire out of the torch relay? April 17, 2008

    After a turbulent run in Europe and America, with Free Tibet protests accompanying it all the way, the Olympics torch arrived in New Delhi late on Wednesday night. Among the 70 prominent Indian personalities, who have agreed to take part in the torch relay, are some of our great sportsmen,...
  • Warming up for torch relay amid debates and protests April 16, 2008

    New Delhi: Security drills are underway to ensure that the Olympic torch relay in New Delhi goes off smoothly. However, with less than 48 hours to go before the Olympic torch arrives, the police authority is making sure that the Tibetan protestors are kept at bay. Sports Minister MS Gill feels...
  • Tibetans run mock Olympic torch relay in Delhi April 15, 2008

    New Delhi: Breaking a tight security cordon that has ringed Rashtrapathi Bhavan and its immediate vicinity for the past few days, nearly 20 Tibetans Tuesday staged a mock Olympic torch relay here from the Central Secretariat to the India Gate. Sporting yellow jerseys emblazoned with slogans like 'Stop Killings in Tibet'...
  • Tibetan protestors watched as Olympic torch nears Delhi April 15, 2008

    New Delhi: The NSG commandoes and Chinese officials will be holding a mock drill for the Olympic torch. As the countdown for the arrival of the torch in Delhi begins, there are some who are gearing up for the protests and there are some who are spreading the message of...
  • Actors, politicos have little right to carry torch: Gill April 15, 2008

    New Delhi: The newly appointed sports Minister MS Gill has opposed the idea of inviting politicians and film stars to carry the Olympic torch during its run in India. Gill, who feels the occasion should be exclusively for sportspersons, wants former athletes with distinguished careers and budding sportspersons to be invited...
  • Tibetans to run parallel torch relay in Delhi April 14, 2008

    New Delhi: As the Beijing Olympics torch relay takes place in the capital on Thursday, protesting Tibetans will run a parallel torch relay for a "free Tibet" on the other side of the city at the same time. To be run from Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi's memorial, to the Jantar Mantar observatory,...
  • Week in Pics: Big stories of the week gone by April 14, 2008

    Here's a look at some of the main news stories of the week gone by. ...
  • China has improved on human rights front: IOC April 12, 2008

    Beijing: After showing his concern for Tibet unrest, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge is making an effort to step back from his comments. Speaking to CNN correspondent John Vause, Rogge said IOC will not get involved in political matters. CNN: Since China won the rights to host the game...
  • IOC asks China to improve human rights record April 11, 2008

    New Delhi: In a rare criticism, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has asked China to honour its pledge to improve human rights ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games. IOC president Jacques Rogge reminded China that it had promised to improve its record on human rights if it won the bid to...
  • Dalai Lama in favour of China's right to hold Olympics April 11, 2008

    New Delhi: At a brief stopover in Tokyo en route to the US, the Dalai Lama demanded the international community to probe China's handling of protests in Tibet. He also offered to attend the Olympics if the situation improved in the strifetorn region. Blending the tough with the conciliatory, the Dalai...
  • Olympic torch plays hide and seek in San Francisco April 10, 2008

    San Francisco: The Olympic torch played hide and seek with thousands of demonstrators and spectators crowding San Francisco's waterfront on Wednesday before being spirited away without a formal goodbye on its only stop in the United States. After its parade was rerouted and shortened to prevent disruptions by massive crowds of...
  • Olympic torch run: US loses sleep over Richard Gere April 10, 2008

    After protests in London and Paris, police in San Francisco are bracing for the Oylmpic torch's run through the city. Amongst the men they are worried about are Richard Gere and Bishop Tutu. ...
  • Don't mix politics and sports: Paes speaks for relay April 9, 2008

    New Delhi: Indian tennis star Leander Paes on Wednesday came out in support of the Olympic torch relay that faced strong protests worldwide from people opposed to China's crackdown in Tibet, including India's football captain Bhaichung Bhutia. Paes said the Olympic torch relay and the Chinese Tibet policy were completely different...