The Olympic flame arrived in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia on Tuesday (3 May) to begin a 95-day torch relay that will end up at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
The plane, which arrived from Geneva, Switzerland, touched down in Brasilia Tuesday morning, with Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of the Rio 2016 organizing committee, carrying the flame.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was present at the Planalto Presidential Palace along with the country’s Sports Minister Ricardo Leyser and Nuzman for a lighting ceremony.
Rousseff, who faces an impeachment vote in the country’s Senate, called on all sides to focus on preparing for the Olympic Games in her speech before lighting the Rio 2016 Olympic torch.
After the ceremony, the torch relay started with the first torchbearer Fabiana Claudino, captain of the Brazilian women’s Olympic volleyball team, leading the way among the 12,000 participants that will carry the torch across 300 towns in Brazil.
The torch relay will culminate with its arrival at the famed Maracana Stadium on Aug. 5 for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.