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Published on Mar 27, 2009
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to ban all international Olympic torch relays for the future, saying violence against torch-bearers in 2008 cannot be left without consequences, and to prevent similar violent political groups from harming future torch-bearers. Adding that some groups had violently threatened and hurt innocent people and even disabled people during the 2008 torch relay, and such violence is not part of the Olympic spirit.
The earliest possible official ban starts from 2014 Winter Games and 2016 Summer Games, however the IOC convinced the UK to keep the torch within the UK during London 2012 because of unrest in Ireland and in the Middle-East which might lead to similar violence against the torch as last year.
Due to the violent behaviour of several groups against the torch-bearers in 2008, future international torches are banned and will only stay within the borders of the host country.
China had the honor to present the last international torch relay globally, followed by the most world leaders ever visiting the Olympics.