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October 29, 2009 12:13 ET

Minister of State Lunn Takes Part in the Official Olympic Flame Handover Ceremony in Athens, Greece

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), today was honoured to take part in the official Olympic Flame handover ceremony in Athens, Greece.

"The handing over of the Olympic Flame marks a significant milestone in Canada's road to hosting the 2010 Winter Games," said Minister of State Lunn. "Today starts the countdown to our opportunity to showcase Canada to the world and truly make these Canada's Games."

The Olympic Flame was presented to Canada in an event led by the Hellenic Olympic Committee. The Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, along with John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, accepted the 2010 Olympic Flame on behalf of all Canadians.

The Government of Canada looks forward to welcoming the Olympic Flame on October 30 in Victoria, British Columbia, for the start of the Olympic Torch Relay. This is a once-in-a-generation chance to strengthen the fabric of the nation by creating dynamic and memorable cultural experiences for all Canadians and bringing communities together in celebration. Communities across the country will participate in the torch relay, which will leave an enduring legacy that will continue long after the flame is extinguished.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations