On the day that Rio de Janeiro officially marked one year to go until the 2016 Olympic Games, the Rio 2016 organizing committee announced the dates for the start of the Olympic Torch Relay next year.
The torch will be lit in the Greek city of Olympia, the birthplace of the Ancient Olympic Games, on 21 April 2016 before being handed over to Rio 2016 organizers on 27 April after a tour around Greece. On 3 May, the Olympic Torch Relay – will officially start in the capital city of Brazil, Brasilia, embarking on a 95-day tour around the country.
The Olympic flame will visit 83 cities, including the 26 state capitals, and will pass through around 500 towns, with 300 hosting the relay and another 200 watching the convoy go by. The relay will reach an estimated 90 per cent of Brazil’s population and will cover 20,000km of the country by road and 16,000km by air over the north and mid-west.
Approximately 12,000 torchbearers will carry the torch for roughly 200 metres each, before passing the Olympic flame on to the next torchbearer. The relay will conclude on 5 August when the last torchbearer will light the Olympic cauldron during the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium.
As part of the Rio 2016 one-year-to-go celebrations, organisers took the Olympic torch to the city centre of Largo da Carioca to give locals a sneak preview of what’s to come next May during the relay.
For more information, check out www.rio2016.com/tochaolimpica/en