Lord Coe: Olympic Torch relay 'one of the big moments' towards Games

andout photo issued by LOCOG of Lord Coe arriving at Athens International Airport in Greece ahead of the Olympic Flame Handover Ceremony
Lord Coe poses next to the Firefly plane which will carry the Olympic Flame to the UK from Athens Credit: Chris Radburn/LOCOG/PA Wire

Once the Olympic Flame is handed over in Athens, it will be transferred to Lands End where three-time Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie will be the first torchbearer in the final 70-day relay to the start of the Games.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe - who carried the torch in 2004 and also for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics - has described it as one of the "big moments" towards the Games.

He said: "I have seen hundreds and hundreds of citations of the people who are running. We have got from 12 to 100 (year-olds) with fantastic stories."

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