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Missing 15-yr-old Ethiopian Olympic torchbearer found

Natnael Yemane, a 15-year-old from Ethiopia who was part of the Olympic torch relay, has been found after going missing from a hotel in Nottingham.

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LONDON, UK - Natnael Yemane, a 15-year-old from Ethiopia who was part of the Olympic torch relay, has been found after going missing from a hotel in Nottingham.

Police said Yemane left the Jurys Inn, Waterfront Plaza at about 9:15 p.m. local time yesterday and did not return, reported BBC News. The police confirmed that he had been found "safe and well" in the city on Friday evening - around 24 hours after he vanished, according to the Press Assocation. They had beeon concerned for him as he had a limited command of English and was not particularly "street-wise," according to The Daily Telegraph.

Yemane was participating in International Inspiration, London's 2012 sports legacy program, which aims to enrich the lives of young people around the world through physical education, sport and play, The Daily Telegraph reported. It embodies the promise made by Seb Coe, chair of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, to "reach young people all around the world and connect them to the inspirational power of the Games so they are inspired to choose sport."

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One torchbearer was selected from each of the 20 countries that took part in the program, from Azerbaijan to Zambia, according to the BBC. International Inspiration provides sport and play opportunities to more than 12 million children across the countries involved.

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