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'IOC not thinking to end the torch relay'

IOC president Jacques Rogge makes it clear that there is no discussion underway to put an end to the torch relay. Paris protests | graphics
AFP | By HT Correspondent, Paris
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2008 02:49 AM IST

The International Olympic Committee is not considering ending the torch relay, IOC president Jacques Rogge told France 3 television station on Tuesday.

When asked about the possibility of the torch relay being stopped, Rogge said, "It's a false rumour. There is no discussion underway on the matter and we do not envisage such a scenario."

"We will of course analyse the route of the torch since the beginning, from Olimpia to Paris although the next stage is San Francisco. That's what we are doing and we will make regular evaluations."

However Rogge emphasised, "We are not in the dynamic of stopping (the relay)."

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