Flame for Rio Olympics is lit at birthplace of ancient Games

ANCIENT OLYMPIA – The flame for South America’s first Olympics was kindled Thursday at the birthplace of the ancient games in Greece,

heralding the start of a 15-week journey that will culminate with the August 5 opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.

International Olympic Committee leaders and Brazilian organizers attending the flame-lighting in the ruins of Ancient Olympia voiced confidence that Brazil will stage successful games, despite a political crisis which forced Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to cancel a scheduled appearance at the ceremony. Carlos Nuzman, head of the Rio organizing committee, said the Olympics will help unite Brazilians and pledged that the host city “is ready to deliver history.” “We are incredibly proud to have come so far, sailing through some of the most challenging waters the Olympic movement has seen,” Nuzman said, adding that the Olympic flame “brings a message that can and will unite our dear Brazil.”

via ynetnews.com

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4794745,00.html

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