Throughout classical antiquity the Olympic Games were held every four years in Olympia / Greece on the Peloponnese peninsula.

In modern times the Olympic Flame is lit in the ruins of the temple of Hera in this beautiful sanctuary of ancient Greece and then transported by a torch to the place where the Games are held, in 2016 Rio de Janeiro.


The 2016 Olympic Torch Relay (Follow the Torch!) started 107 days prior to the opening of the Rio Games on April 21st. It 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.

ICG President Torsten Rasch and Nikolaos Tzanakos, Member of the ICG Committee from Patras / Greece had the honour to be present in the ceremony. You see them in the picture having a friendly chat with Mr. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee.


If you would like to see the whole ceremony, here's a clip on YouTube:

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