Olympic torch relay launched

Greece hosts the ceremony of lighting the flame for 31st Olympic Games, to be held in Rio de Janeiro
Greece hosts the ceremony of lighting the flame for 31st Olympic Games, to be held in Rio de Janeiro



The role of high priestess, lighting the flame, was performed by the Greek actress Katerina Lehou. The ceremony began the international Olympic torch relay, with Greek world gymnastics champion Eleftherios Petrounias being the first runner.

The relay will conclude at the opening ceremony in Rio’s Maracana Stadium on August 5th. This major symbol of the Olympic Games will stay alight in the bowl until the end of the Games on August 21st.
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