THE Olympic Torch is to visit the Isle of Man as part of its journey around the UK and British Isles in the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics.
David Cretney MHK, Minister for Community, Culture and Leisure, said: ‘The Isle of Man is honoured to be hosting the Olympic Torch. The coming of the Torch to our island will be a significant part of our sporting history and will tie us firmly into the global Olympic family.
Sebastian Coe, chair of LOCOG also commented: ‘We are thrilled that the Isle of Man has agreed to host the Olympic Flame on its journey right across the UK, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey.
‘We have no doubt that the welcome the island will provide will demonstrate how the spirit of the Olympic Games is reaching out across the UK and excitement builds as the start of the 2012 Games draws closer.’
The Olympic Torch will arrive in the UK from Greece on Friday, May 18 next year and the 70-day Torch Relay will start at Land’s End in Cornwall on the morning of the next day.
On leaving Land’s End, the Torch is expected to travel an estimated 8,000 miles across the UK, giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as it comes to their doorstep.
Together with the three presenting partners, LOCOG is seeking 8,000 of the most inspirational people to have their moment to shine next summer by carrying the Olympic Flame, including Isle of Man residents.
David Cretney explains: ‘We have many inspirational people in the island and I hope people will take this opportunity to nominate them to showcase the wonderful talent and bravery Island residents can demonstrate.’
The LOCOG Torchbearer programme to find 2,012 inspirational people who have gone beyond their personal best will run for six weeks from today.
The nomination portal at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay asks nominators for up to 150 words on why their nominee should carry the Olympic Flame. The deadline for nominating through the LOCOG campaign is 11.59pm on Wednesday, June 29.
Judging panels will be set up in each nation and region of the UK to select the Torchbearers for their area and the Department of Community, Culture and Leisure will work with LOCOG to confirm the Isle of Man’s. There is a minimum age limit to be a Torchbearer of 12 years.