(ATR)Thousands will gather at Ancient Olympia on April 21 for the kindling of the 2016 Summer Olympics flame.
Six days later, the flame will be formally transferred to Brazilian leaders at the stadium used for the 1896 Athens Olympics.
The lighting of the Olympic flame is a ceremony steeped in tradition.Actresses dressed as Greek priestesses perform and a number of dignitaries from the IOC and Olympic host country attend the event.
Around the Rings expects a number of political figures and sports leaders to travel to Athens for the lighting and transfer of the flame including IOC president Thomas Bach, Hellenic Olympic Committee president Spyros Capralos, Rio 2016 president Carlos Nuzman and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
Following tradition, the Olympic flame will travel to a number of major cities in Greece in a torch relay before its transfer to Brazil on April 27.
The Rio 2016 torch relay begins on May 3 in Brasilia. Some 12,000 torchbearers will participate in the 100-day torch relay, organizers say.
The flame will journey to 83 cities across Brazil before the Olympic Cauldron is lit at the Maracana Stadium on Aug. 5 to open the 2016 Games.
On Wednesday of this week, Brazilian leaders and NOCs across the globe marked the official one-year countdown to the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Nuzman, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, and Rousseff kicked off celebrations in Rio on Aug. 5 at the Olympic Park to mark the occasion.
The three leaders held a press conference followed by an official countdown ceremony to mark the one year to go until the Games.
Following the ceremonies, Rio 2016 returned to the test event program with events in rowing and equestrian, Aug. 6-8. The events will test the field of play, security, as well as media operations.
Celebrations will wrap up Aug. 8-9 with the Olympic cultural marathon, a two-day celebration of arts and culture in the city.
Written byNicole Bennett
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