RIO 2016 Olympic torch relay route unveiled

Feb 29, 2016 The Organizing Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games recently unveiled the detailed route for the traditional torch relay.

The torch journey, which will begin in the Greek city of Olympia, will touch down in Brazil on May 3. It will then travel from the capital Brasilia across 329 towns and cities and finally reach the opening ceremony at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium.

The flame, which will be carried by about 12,000 torchbearers, will pass through all of Brazil’s 26 states and the Federal District, reaching an estimated 90 percent of the Brazilian population.

Speaking at the launch ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Carlos Nuzman, president of the Olympics organizing committee said:

“The torch relay will help bring Brazilians together and make each one of them feel proud of being Brazilian,”

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