Schedule Set for Olympic Torch Relay

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March 15, 2016

The Olympic Torch Relay will begin on May 3 in Brasilia, organizers of the Rio Olympics have announced.

The ceremonial lighting of the Torch will take place in Olympia on April 21. A series of torchbearers will take the Torch on a short tour of Greece, birthplace of the Ancient Olympic Games, before handing over the Torch to Rio organizers on April 27.

On the 95-day tour of Brazil, about 12,000 torchbearers will carry the Torch through hundreds of cities and towns, covering 20,000 kilometers (12,427 miles) by road and 16,000 kilometers (9,941 miles) by air. In the end, the Torch will pass through about 90 percent of South America’s largest country.

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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