Rio’s 2016 Olympic Light Began its Journey

Twelve Thousand torch bearers

through hundred  of cities and states in the globe and finally will arrive on 3rd of May 2016 in Rio de Janeiro

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The Olympic flame for the 2016 Rio Games has been lit in ancient Olympia in Greece on Thursday 21st of April , launching the torch relay for the first-ever South American Games.

The light derived from Olympic Zeus

In a bright ceremony, the flame was lit by the sun in the Temple of Hera in Olympia, as per the ancient tradition. Then it will travel through Greece for a week before beginning its full journey to Rio.

Greek actress Katerina Lehou,  in the role of the High Priestess, lit the flame using a parabolic mirror in the heat of the midday sun. Gymnastics World Champion Lefteris Petrounias is the first torch bearer who will relay the flame.

 

“With huge emotion and energy, we are here today in the Olympia holy land of the Olympic games. The Games start today with the lighting of the flame,” Carlos Nuzman, president of the Rio 2016 organizing committee, said.

“It’s our honor to lead this dream — the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The first in our country, the first in South America, the first in a different region of the world. You’ll remember this moment forever, for centuries,” Nuzman said.

This picture released by the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games shows the emblem of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010. A multidisciplinary evaluation commission, formed by 12 professionals enjoying domestic and international recognition, was involved in the whole process of the emblem selection. (AP Photo/Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games )

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said the Rio Games would go ahead “in a world shaken by crises” but added that “these Olympic Games will be a message of hope in troubled times — and the flame will carry this message into all corners of Brazil, and indeed, all the world.” and “Rio de Janeiro… will provide a spectacle to showcase the best of the human spirit. ..”

President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos was present at the ceremony. This year is the 120th anniversary of the launch of the modern Olympic Games.

 


Sources:

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Reuters

AMNA.gr

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