IOC official: 2008 Games flame may be last to make world tour
Posted: 03:48 AM ET
BEIJING, China (CNN) — As the Olympic torch flew to San Francisco Tuesday, a member of the International Olympic Committee said protests that disrupted the Olympic torch relay in London and Paris may make 2008 the last time such an ambitious global torch relay is attempted.
Anti-Chinese protesters interrupted the relay in London and Paris. Police already have arrested protesters in the torch’s next destination — San Francisco — even though the relay is not scheduled to begin there until Wednesday.
Kevan Gosper, a member of the International Olympic Committee and chairman of its press commission, suggested that the public relations nightmare that has followed the Olympic flame may make 2008 the last year for a global torch relay.
“I’m a firm believer that we had the right template in the first place, that the torch simply should go from Olympia, Greece to the host country,” he said. “I would expect that the Olympic committee will review that template.” http://cnnwire.blogs.cnn.com/