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Switzerland: Olympic flame arrives at United Nations office in Geneva01:18

Switzerland: Olympic flame arrives at United Nations office in Geneva

Switzerland, Geneva
April 29, 2016 at 08:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Rio 2016 Olympic flame arrived at the United Nations office in Geneva, Friday.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach escorted the flame along with Brazilian lawmakers.

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 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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The Rio 2016 Olympic flame arrived at the United Nations office in Geneva, Friday.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach escorted the flame along with Brazilian lawmakers.

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 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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