Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay: The lighting ceremony in Ancient Olympia

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On Thursday, 21 April 2016 the Olympic Flame was lit at a ceremony in Ancient Olympia.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay will visit 329 towns and cities in Brazil. The Flame will travel over 20,000 km by road and 10,000 miles by air around the host country. It will be carried by 12,000 torchbearers, taking the spirit of the Olympic Games to every corner of the world’s fifth largest country. 

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