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Last Updated: Friday March 27 2009 17:11 GMT

Olympic torch relays scrapped

A man tries to take the torch from former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq

Around the world torch relays which take place in the run-up to the Olympics have been scrapped because of protests during last year's parade.

The torch, which is supposed to be a symbol of hope and inspiration, was first taken on a world tour before the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

But the relay before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing was disrupted by protesters.

Organisers of the 2012 London Olympics said they had no plans to take the torch outside Britain anyway.

Parades in France, America and Britain were disrupted last year by protesters upset about the way China rules Tibet, and the way the Chinese Government treats Tibetan people.

Olympic torc
The torch is a symbol of hope and inspiration

In London, 35 people were arrested, and someone tried to snatch the torch from former Blue Peter host Konnie Huq.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said torch relays will be scrapped from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and onwards.

The torch will still tour the UK before the London Olympics in 2012.

Organisers want most people in the UK to be no more than an hour away from seeing it at some point during its journey.