The Olympic flame will travel across 26 states and through 250 cities and towns on a 20,000km journey around Brazil in the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
As the Organising Committee announced the first details for the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay on 29 January, it was revealed that the flame would be carried by at least 10,000 torchbearers to every corner of Brazil, on a route designed to reach approximately 90 per cent of the population.
As is traditional, the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame at the home of the ancient Olympic Games, Olympia, will mark the start of the Olympic Torch Relay. From Greece, the flame will arrive in Brazil approximately 100 days before the start of the 2016 Games and will then begin its journey around the country. The culmination of the journey will come on 5 August at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio when the flame will light the Olympic cauldron at the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony.
Carlos Nuzman, President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, said the Torch Relay would give the opportunity for millions of Brazilians to be involved in the build-up to the Olympic Games. “Upon being awarded the right to host the 2016 Olympic Games, we promised to involve the entire country, thereby ensuring it would be an event made by Brazilians, for Brazilians and with a Brazilian spirit for the world to enjoy. To stage the Olympic Torch Relay across the whole country is to fulfil that promise and give millions the chance to participate in an unforgettable celebration.”
Continuing its longstanding support of the Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola, together with Nissan and Bradesco, will be a Presenting Partner in Brazil. Flavio Camelier, Vice President of Coca-Cola Brazil for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, said: “We are writing yet another chapter in the history of our partnership with the Olympic Torch Relay. Since the Barcelona Olympic Games, in 1992, we believe in its power to thrill, to provide unique moments and to spread the Olympic spirit throughout the whole world.”
The nomination process for the torchbearers will be held throughout 2015 and will be conducted in collaboration with the Presenting Partners, while the design of the torch and more details about the route will be announced later in the year.
Find out more about the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay at www.rio2016.com