Rio 2016 Torch Relay Kicks Off in Brazil -- Monday Memo

(ATR) Also; PASO meets in Brasilia to vote on new constitution; CAS ruling on Michel Platini expected this week.

(ATR) The Rio 2016 torch relay begins its whirlwind two-month tour across Brazil on Tuesday in Brasilia.

Along its 12,000 mile journey across the country the torch will visit 26 state capitals as well as 250 cities and towns in an effort to visit 90 percent of the Brazilian citizens. Each of the 10,000 torch bearers will carry the torch for a 300 meter segment.

Brazilian volleyball legend Giovane Gavio represented the host country as the first torchbearer at the flame lighting ceremony that took place in Olympia, Greece, birthplace of the modern Olympics.

The torch will also travel 10,000 miles by airplane until it arrives in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 4. The Olympic cauldron will be lit at the Maracana Stadium on Aug. 5, officially opening the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.

The Rio Olympics come to a close on Aug. 21.

PASO to Determine Future at Meeting in Brasilia

Leaders of the Pan American Sports Organization will meet in Brasilia, Brazil from May 3-6 to vote on an extensive set of reforms to its constitution.

The executive board will meet on Tuesday prior to the extraordinary general assembly where all 41 PASO countries will vote to approve the revised constitution.

Revisions to its constitution include the amount of votes per country, leadership and experience requirements and term limits.

The revisions were sent out the PASO members following a two-day workshop in Washington, D.C. at the heels of the ANOC General Assembly.

CAS to Rule on Platini Football Ban

Former European Football chief Michel Platini could learn the fate of his six-year suspension from all football related activities by the hands of the Court of Arbitration of Sport this week.

Platini appealed his suspension to CAS on April 29 with former FIFA president Sepp Blatter as one of his three witnesses. UEFA general secretary Angel Villar was also a witness for Platini.

CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb says the decision could come as early as next Monday.

"Hopefully it will be early next week, maybe a little later," Reeb said. "The CAS tribunal will adapt itself to the needs of the parties."

Written by Kevin Nutley

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