21 May 2009

Olympic officials unconcerned that Torch looks like marijuiana cigarette

1:28 pm on 21 May 2009

Organizers of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver are taking the mellow approach to suggestions that their planned Olympic torch looks like a marijuana cigarette.

Dave Cobb, the executive vice-president of the Vancouver Organizing Committee says they're unconcerned about a newspaper article that dubbed the torch "The Olympic Toke."

Vancouver's a major production area for illegal marijuana, and there has been quiet snickering about the comparison since the high-tech metal torch was unveiled in February to mark the one-year countdown to the Winter Games.

The torch's design is intended to "represent Canada through the contours of winter landscapes and lines of winter sports," according VANOC's website.

But the design is slightly crimped at each end, with a twist in the body, giving it at least a passing resemblance to a hand-rolled marijuana joint.

The torch will travel the length and breadth of Canada in a 106-day, 45,000-km relay that starts in October and ends with the lighting of the Olympic Flame in Vancouver in February 2010.