22 October 2013, 15:55

Allegations of Olympic torch burn suffered by girl not confirmed

Allegations of Olympic torch burn suffered by girl not confirmed

President of the Sochi-2014 Organizing Committee Dmitry Chernyshenko has denied allegations that a girl was injured by an outburst of flame from an Olympic torch in Kostroma.

"What the media wrote is not true. No one sustained burns, there was no outburst of flame, and the alleged ‘13-year girl’ is an adult employee of the Sochi-2014 committee’s law service," Chernyshenko said.

The flame was too strong, so it was was put out and rekindled in the right and proper manner from the Olympic Flame sheltered in a special security and the torch relay went on, he explained.

Ealier, Gazeta-ru reported that a girl sustained burns when an Olympic torch "exploded" in her hands during the Kostroma stretch of the relay.

A video tape of the incident was posted on YouTube. 

Girl sustains burn from Olympic flame outburst during torch relay

A teenage girl suffered a minor burn after an Olympic torch she was carrying sent out a burst of flame. 

The incident occurred during the Kostroma leg of the Olympic Torch Relay.

Ignoring the pain, the girl ran the remaining part of the distance.

She was given first aid at the scene. Doctors say the burn is not deep and will heal soon.

Voice of Russia, RIAN

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