London: Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal says the ruby red sculpture that towers over London's Olympic Stadium is not the cauldron that will hold the ceremonial flame.

Mittal told newspaper on Tuesday that he met with Olympic authorities about the possibility that the tower would be used, but plans arrived too late for consideration.

The lighting of the cauldron that holds the flame is always a big moment for the Olympics, and organisers usually withhold details about the opening ceremony and the flame lighting to ensure drama. But usually there is some structure somewhere that hints where the flame will burn.

Suspicion has long fallen on the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower, but Mittal says the tower is art, not a fire vessel for the games that start Friday.

(Agencies)

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