Sochi Olympics organiser denies torch explosion reports

IANS| Updated: Oct 23, 2013, 18:57 PM IST

Moscow: Russia`s Olympics chief organiser has denied reports that a torch used during the Sochi games relay had exploded.

Local media reported earlier that a torch blew up in the city of Kostroma during the relay ceremony and injured a 13-year-old girl.

Dmitry Chernyshenko, organising committee head of the Sochi games, said Tuesday that nobody got injured during the ceremony.

"There were no burns and the torch didn`t blow up in a participant`s hands," Chernyshenko said, adding it was a minor flare-up.

Meanwhile, the official said it was an adult staff member of the organising committee rather than a teenager who was involved in the incident.

Currently, the Olympic torch is in the opening stages of the relay. The Olympic flame will travel more than 65,000 km across Russia`s 83 regions spanning 132 cities.