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Attempt to sabotage torch relay fails
14:59, April 07, 2008  

British police foiled an attempt to disrupt the Olympic torch relay in London on Sunday.

In the Ladbroke Grove area in London, a supporter of Tibet independence group tried to grab away the Olympic torch. He was wrestled to the ground by police. Later, another supporter attempted to use a fire extinguisher to put out the flame as it was transferred between runners. The man was dragged away to a police vehicle.

One of the relay runners was British tennis player Tim Henman. The incident did not spoil the occasion for Henman.

Tim Henman said, "I think the Olympic Games is a great way that the whole world can come together and celebrate sport. As I said there's little bit of an edge today when you see some of the protestors but I still think it's been a good day."

Many spectators voiced disapproval of attempts to disrupt the torch relay by those who claimed they had done so for "political reasons". They say sports should be separated from political things.

The torch is scheduled to travel through ten London boroughs from Wembley to Greenwich on Sunday.


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