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Greece: 2016 Olympic flame handed over to Brazil in spectacular ceremony02:49

Greece: 2016 Olympic flame handed over to Brazil in spectacular ceremony

Greece, Athens
April 27, 2016 at 16:41 GMT -00:00 · Published

A traditional Olympic flame handover ceremony was held at the Panathenaic stadium in Athens, Wednesday, during which the President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee Carlos Nuzman received the Olympic flame from the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Spyros Capralos.

The Olympic flame's 20,000 kilometre (12,400 mile) journey to Rio de Janeiro - the venue of the 2016 Olympic Games - took off in the Greek city of Olympia on April 21. The flame is due to begin a 95-day tour of the South American nation on May 3. Around 12,000 torchbearers are scheduled to carry the Olympic flame through 329 towns and cities in all five regions of Brazil. The Olympic torch relay will conclude at the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, when the official Olympic cauldron will be lit.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games will take place from August 5 until August 21, 2016. More than 10,500 athletes are expected to participate from 205 nations.

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A traditional Olympic flame handover ceremony was held at the Panathenaic stadium in Athens, Wednesday, during which the President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee Carlos Nuzman received the Olympic flame from the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Spyros Capralos.

The Olympic flame's 20,000 kilometre (12,400 mile) journey to Rio de Janeiro - the venue of the 2016 Olympic Games - took off in the Greek city of Olympia on April 21. The flame is due to begin a 95-day tour of the South American nation on May 3. Around 12,000 torchbearers are scheduled to carry the Olympic flame through 329 towns and cities in all five regions of Brazil. The Olympic torch relay will conclude at the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, when the official Olympic cauldron will be lit.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games will take place from August 5 until August 21, 2016. More than 10,500 athletes are expected to participate from 205 nations.

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