After spending the last four years in London, in the safekeeping of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, the Olympic flag has now arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where it is on display at the Palácio da Cidade, Rio’s ceremonial city hall.
Since the flag was handed to Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes by IOC President Jacques Rogge at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the flag has been flown across the Atlantic and has visited a number of different places in the country.
One of the first stops for the flag after its arrival in Brazil was Brasilia and the Palácio do Planalto, where it was presented to the President of Brazil, Dilma Rouseff, in the company of two of Brazil’s Olympic medallists, boxing brothers Esquiva and Yamaguchi Falcão, who won silver and bronze medals in London respectively.
Closer to the Olympic venues in Rio, the flag has also visited the Complexo do Alemão favela and the Christ the Redeemer statue, where an inter-faith ceremony was held in honour of the flag’s arrival in the city. The flag is now on display to the public at the Palácio da Cidade.
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