China confirms one-day torch relay in Tibet

BEIJING (AFP): The Olympic torch will travel to Tibet this Saturday but only for a day, the organising committee behind the Beijing Games said, citing “adjustments” due to last month’s earthquake.

“After the Sichuan earthquake on May 12, the Beijing Olympic organising committee has carried out adjustments to the domestic legs of the torch relay,” the committee said in a statement on its website on Wednesday.

“The Tibet Autonomous Region leg of the relay will be on June 21, with the relay taking place in Lhasa,” it went on, referring to the Himalayan region’s capital.

State media reported earlier that China had scrapped its plans to take the torch through Tibet for three days due to the quake.

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