· Olympic flame to bring the country together around the Games
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are a nationwide celebration. The first list of cities on the Olympic Torch Relay route unveiled today in Brasilia confirms the commitment to involve the entire population in the Games and spread the Olympic spirit across the whole country.
The announcement of 83 cities pinpoints the daily finish locations to be reached by the Olympic flame on each day of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay, with the exception of the days in which technical breaks or special photo events will take place. It was also confirmed that the journey would kick off from the capital city of Brasilia, where the Olympic flame should arrive in May 2016.
The Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay, presented by Coca-Cola, Nissan and Bradesco, will last between 90 and 100 days after the traditional Olympic flame lighting ceremony in the Greek city of Olympia, the birthplace of the Ancient Olympic Games. There will be around 12,000 torchbearers and the flame will travel along approximately 20,000 kilometers of Brazilian roads and fly 10,000 miles over the North and Midwest part of the country, between the cities of Teresina and Campo Grande.
The Olympic Torch Relay will conclude on 5 August 2016, when the last torchbearer will light the Olympic Cauldron during the opening ceremony, at the Maracana Stadium. The daily finish locations were chosen so that the route could reach as much of the Brazilian population as possible within the estimated duration of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay.
The complete list of cities of the route will be revealed at the beginning of next year. The Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay convoy is expected to visit 500 cities and towns – some 300 hosting the Olympic Torch Relay and a further 200 cheering the convoy as it passes by with the flame on display. By adding up the populations of these municipalities, the unprecedented meeting between the legendary Olympic flame and the human warmth of the Brazilian people will reach an estimated 90 per cent of the country’s population in Brazil’s 26 states and the Federal District.
Over the following two months, the Games Organising Committee and the Presenting Partners of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola, Nissan and Bradesco, will announce their public campaigns to select those across the whole of Brazil who will have the privilege to carry the Olympic Flame.