The Olympic torch of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as presented on Friday at a ceremony in Brasilia, which was attended by President Dilma Rousseff. The torch relay will last 90-100 days and pass through 300 cities in 26 Brazilian states and the Federal District. About 12 thousand people will carry the Olympic flame to the beginning of the Games next year.
The relay starts in Brasilia in May, and will end on August 5th, in Rio de Janeiro, where the Olympic cauldron will be lit at Maracanã at the opening party of the Rio-2016. The selection of carriers will take place by the end of 2015. The rules will be published by the sponsors. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Olympic Committee of Brazil (COB) and Rio 2016 will also make statements. All selected names – including participants reserves for cases of absence – will undergo a background check.
The torch drivers will be selected from those who use somehow their time to bring a positive impact to others. They can be anyone: a community leader to a physical education teacher whose dedication is recognized – explains the director of ceremonies of Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, Leonardo Caetano.
The profile of each driver will be released from the end of 2015. The idea is to share their life stories as inspirational fuel to produce new examples.
In his speech during the ceremony, the mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, said more than 60% of the Rio Olympics costs will be paid by the private sector. Already President Rousseff said Brazil will make a safe Olympics, just as organized a World Cup safely. When comparing the two events in the speech, she ended up confusing and urged visitors to come to the World Cup.
The O Globo newspaper developed a map of the cities using Tableau, an interactive data software.