05/02/14 18:20 CET
| updated xx mn ago
| updated at xx
The Olympic flame has arrived in Sochi after a four-month journey that saw it travel more than 60,000 kilometres, taking in the North Pole and even a trip unlit into space.
The torchbearers arrived on stage and transferred the flame to a miner’s lamp.
The Winter Games officially start on Friday with the opening ceremony.
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the athletes’ village in the company of double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva.
His immediate focus was on the threat from terrorism.
“We remember tragic situations which happened in the past during international competitions, including the one in the United States during the marathon. It’s all quite recent,” Putin said.
He also mentioned other attacks including the London bombings in 2005 which happened while the G8 was taking place in Scotland.
The president told the Russian Olympic team that “hundreds, thousands, millions” of fans would be following them.
Others will be watching more than sporting performances.
Journalists have arrived in Sochi to find their hotel rooms and other facilities in a questionable condition.
Abroad, gay rights activists have been holding a day of protests over Russia’s laws on homosexuality.
- 1Dozens are killed and wounded in multiple suicide bomb attacks on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport
- 2Suspected ISIL bombers kill 36 and wound dozens at Istanbul airport
- 3Italian actor Bud Spencer dies at 86
- 4Terror in Turkey: attack at Ataturk airport leaves 41 dead and scores injured
- 5Feisty Farage tells MEPs ‘You’re not laughing now’
Latest world news
Russia and Turkey agree to ‘normalise’ trade and economic relations
Passengers flying out of Ataturk Airport express shock at bloodshed
Terror in the terminal at Ataturk Airport
Brexit sharpens the focus on the future of Northern Ireland and the border with the Republic of Ireland
Cameron: UK will have to accept good with bad in Brexit negotiations
Wires > News
- 17:22 CET North America leaders meet with trade threats, Brexit on their…
- 17:16 CET Hague arbitration court to rule in South China Sea case on July 12
- 17:05 CET Kenyan forces kill five suspected Islamist militants
- 17:03 CET Groups urge U.N. to suspend Saudi Arabia from rights council
- 16:55 CET Rising asylum claims to lift Swiss budget deficit in 2017
- 16:31 CET Spain’s Rajoy says talks on forming government to start Thursday
- 16:26 CET U.N. adds 2,500 peacekeepers to Mali mission, urges tougher stance
- 16:24 CET U.N. rights commissioner voices fear of Burundi violence turning…