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The Olympic Torch Relay Runners Who Were Picked By The Sponsors

The intention was that 8,000 local heroes with tales to motivate young people would carry the flame around Britain. But the 2012 sponsors had their own ideas.

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Giving someone a chance to carry the Olympic torch was supposed to be the ultimate reward for their generosity and selflessness in their local community. But rather than the 8,000 "inspiring" torchbearers promised by 2012 organisers, hundreds were selected solely for their work for the Games' corporate sponsors, The Independent can reveal.
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