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Olympic Games organisers have today submitted a planning application for the temporary installation of a large display of Olympic Rings, followed by the symbol for the Paralympics, the Agitos, on the Mound in Edinburgh city centre.
The Olympics and Paralympics are the two biggest sporting events in the world and their symbols represent the values of the Olympic and Paralympic movements. The installations are being funded by the UK Government and the proposed location on the Mound has been chosen in discussion with local partners.
Details of the planning application will be made available for public view shortly. The project will feature initially the Olympic Rings followed by the Paralympic Agitos. The Rings and Agitos will be illuminated to highlight these spectacular symbols at night time and could be a focal point for Olympic celebrations in the capital.
The Olympic Torch will be visiting Edinburgh on 13 June, where there will be an evening celebration. Then there will be Paralympic Torch Flame Festival in the city on the 26 August. Edinburgh will also be taking part in the Cultural Olympiad including the Speed of Light which with see thousands of runners with especially designed ‘light suits’ run set routes around Arthur’s Seat.
Notes to Editors
Proposals to submit a planning application to host the Olympic Rings and Paralympic Agitos at Edinburgh castle have been withdrawn.
The planning application can be viewed at City of Edinburgh Council offices.
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