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April 29, 2016

The Olympic Flame is on the move.

Following strict protocol, Greek officials oversaw the lighting of the Flame, by the Sun, in Olympia, birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games. Then, Flame-bearers carried the Flame across Greece for six days, before arriving in Athens.

In a solemn ceremony, Greek Olympic medalist and high jumper Niki Bakoyianni handed over the Flame to representatives of the Rio Olympics, including head organizer Carlos Nuzman.

The Flame will now travel in special safety lanterns to Switzerland for a ceremony at the United Nations, before arriving in Brazil on May 3, for a cross-country relay.

The Torch will end up on August 5 in Maracana Stadium, for the Opening Ceremonies. That stadium was the setting for the final of the 2014 Soccer World Cup.

The Closing Ceremonies will be on August 21. In between, 306 events encompassing 41 disciplines and 28 sports will take place.

The city of Rio de Janeiro will have 35 competition venues. Most events will take place in Barra da Tijuca. Other neighborhoods hosting events will be Copacabana and Deodoro.

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