London Games chief: Flame not ‘tourist attraction’

The head of the London organizing committee is defending the

decision to keep the Olympic cauldron out of public view. Sebastian

Coe says it ”wasn’t created as a tourist attraction.”

The flame was lit at the opening ceremony Friday night in the

middle of Olympic Stadium. It is being moved to a corner of the

stadium for the rest of the games, invisible from the outside at

ground level.

The cauldron will only be visible to fans attending the track

and field competition, which starts Friday.

Some spectators in Olympic Park are complaining they can’t see

the flame or take pictures of it.

Coe says organizers are replicating the 1948 London Olympics,

when the flame was kept inside Wembley Stadium.