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IOC to Review Olympic Torch Relay Procedures


The International Olympic Committee has announced it will review its procedures for the Olympic torch relay after a series of protests marred the Beijing flame's worldwide journey.

IOC president Jacques Rogge said Tuesday the tradition of lighting the Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia and starting the torch relay in Greece will continue. But he said the IOC's executive board could limit future torch relays to within the borders of the Olympic host nation.

Angry and sometimes violent protests of China's human rights record took place as the flame traveled through San Francisco, London and Paris.

In his opening speech at the three-day IOC session on the eve of the Beijing Games, Rogge said that his organization respect protests and freedom of expression, but violence is against the Olympic spirit.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.