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Before the Olympic flame will allow journalists to help

October 11 2007

Journalists intending to go to Tibet to cover the Olympic torch relay will be required to pass a special medical examination and obtain a permit physicians. This is necessary in order to ascend to a height of 8.3 thousand meters, which will carry the fire, said the Director of the Department of Media and Communications of the Organizing Committee of Beijing Olympic Games Song Veytszya (Sun Weijia).

"All applications for visit to Tibet and Mount Qomolangma for lighting the Olympic torch relay will be required to undergo the process of medical approval," - said Sun Veytszya, speaking at the passing in the Beijing World Water Forum press on the work of journalists in the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games.

"We can not guarantee that everyone who wants to go for Everest, will be allowed to go," - said Sun Veytszya.

Nevertheless, the official added that "at lower elevations will open a press center that will provide timely, all interested video picture with a baton, quickly distribute press releases.

Torch relay 2008 Olympic Games to take place across all regions and provinces of China. According to the latest plans for the route to Tibet, the fire will be raised first to a height of 8.3 thousand meters above sea level at the base camp on Mount Everest, and then at the very highest point of the world - 8.850 thousand meters above sea level.

The administrative center of the Tibet Autonomous Region Lhasa city is also located in the highlands and the tourists who come here usually have one or two days difficult for the health of the adaptation process.

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