Russia's Olympic flame under fire after failures
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian authorities on Tuesday were pressed for an explanation after Olympic torches produced by a missile maker and used in the relay for the Sochi Winter Games went out four times.
The flame was extinguished twice on Monday - the first day of the relay - and twice on Tuesday, according to media reports and witnesses.
One of the relay participants, finswimmer world record holder Shavarsh Karapetyan, whose torch went out on Monday and was reportedly relit by a secret service officer, was even given the opportunity to run in the relay for a second time, according to RIA-Novosti.
"The torch went out twice," wrote Moscow photographer Yury Feklistov Tuesday, who posted pictures on his Facebook of one of the incidents. "They had to switch the torch."