The Olympic torch traveled through the sunny streets that look out over Lake Geneva and the Alps yesterday on its way to the Olympic capital, Lausanne.
Officials stressed the shared objectives of the Olympic movement and the United Nations and called for observance of "the Olympic truce" -- a proposed halt to fighting around the world for the duration of the Athens Games.
Wearing a blue and white Olympic T-shirt, Swiss tennis star and Olympic gold medalist Marc Rosset took the flame through the main gate of the U.N. European headquarters and up to the golden globe at the center of the complex, where there was a brief ceremony.
The torch is on the final European leg of a 35-day journey around the world before the Olympics start Aug. 13.
Most of the 18 European cities on the torch's route to Athens have hosted previous Olympics, including London, Moscow, Stockholm, Rome and Barcelona.
Geneva and Lausanne are exceptions. The flame is visiting Geneva because of its history as an international city, torch relay spokesman Rob Wade said.
"They have also chosen cities . . . that are common ground to the world," Wade said. "This is a global city so what better place to choose for an Olympic flame relay?"
The relay then moved from Geneva to Lausanne, home of the International Olympic Committee, whose president, Jacques Rogge, carried the flame to the Olympic Museum on Lake Geneva.
After a ceremony outside the museum, the flame is to travel today to Paris, the site of the 1900 and 1924 Games, and among the favorites to host the 2012 event.
Dressage Team Named
The U.S. Equestrian Federation has announced a short list for the 2004 dressage team. The four horse-rider combinations are Debbie McDonald (Brentina), Robert Dover (Kennedy), Guenter Seidel (Aragon and Nikolaus) and Lisa Wilcox (Relevant). Steffen Peters (Floriano) and Leslie Morse (Kingston) are alternates. The team will compete in Europe and the final selection will be announced on July 19. . . .
Michael Payne, who helped build the IOC's $1 billion marketing program, will leave to join the management team of Formula One.
Payne, who has been the IOC's broadcast director since last year, will step down on Aug. 31, two days after the Athens Olympics end. He will become a special adviser to Bernie Ecclestone, president of Formula One Management.