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Torch Relay Game Brings Olympics Nearer to Children from Russia, China

As music flowed from a speaker, a paper model of the Beijing Olympic torch was passed from one child to another at a children care center in Russia on Friday afternoon.

About 600 children from Russia and China's earthquake-hit Sichuan Province were taking part in this torch relay game.

According to game rules, when the music stops, the one who bears the torch has to answer a question about the Beijing Olympic Games and if the answer is correct, the child will get a prize.

"What color are the Olympic rings and what do they represent?" a teacher gave the first question when the music stopped.

Almost without any hesitation, a Chinese girl named Wen Dan said, "Blue, black, red, yellow and green. They respectively represent Oceania, Africa, America, Asia and Europe."

Wen got a volleyball for her correct answer, which drew envious eyes from many around her.

The game went on and this time a second paper torch was passed among Russian kids. However excited about the game, the first Russian girl who got the chance to answer questions failed to give a correct answer to "how many Olympic Games are there including the upcoming one in Beijing?"

Music resumed and the torch continued to circulate among Russian children.

Daunted by the initial failure, most of the "torch bearers" were eager to pass the torch to the next person for fear that they may embarrass themselves by not giving the right answer.

When the music stopped again, all the children burst into laughter seeing a small Russian boy trying so hard to thrust the torch into the refusing hands of another child.

The torch relay was back among the Chinese kids after the third Russian responder got a Fuwa toy for giving the exact date of the opening of the Beijing Olympics.

"What is the slogan of the Beijing Olympic Games?"

"One world, one dream."

"What is the emblem of the Beijing Olympic Games?"

"The Chinese seal, Dancing Beijing."


More questions and more correct answers. Finally the game ended after the torch landed in the hands of the last Russian child, while many of the teammates were still sighing for not getting more of the Fuwa toys.

(Xinhua News Agency July 28, 2008)

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