Rio 2016 Olympic torch relay in Rio’s fiestiestas

Rio 2016 Olympics: Olympic torch-lighting ceremony is held in Rio de Janeiro.

— A view of the Olympic Stadium, the home of Brazil’s Olympic team, from the north stands behind the Olympic flag.

— The city’s stadium in Guanabara Bay, on the way to the Olympic Games, is surrounded by a sea of blue and white banners reading “LIVE LIVING”.

— The Olympic Stadium is a popular venue for spectators and athletes, as well as a host to many other events such as the swimming and rowing championships.

— Rio’s Olympic stadium is surrounded on all sides by the city’s favelas, which are largely in shambles.

— In Rio’s faustas, the Olympic torch is lit with blue and gold-colored flags, which symbolize the city and its favela communities.

— According to the Rio 2016 organisers, a total of 5,979 torch-lights were carried out, with 2,927 being lit in Guanajuato and 2,813 in Rio.

— Approximately 1,000 torch-lighted torch-bearers have been killed in favelastas since 2012, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

— Rio has been under attack by a series of violent incidents in recent months.

— Brazil has also suffered from severe economic crisis, which has seen thousands of citizens fleeing the country in search of safety.

— Following the Olympics, the IOC will release a report into the situation in the favelades, which the organization says is the most serious security issue facing the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

— President Dilma Rousseff said on Saturday that the Games will not be “just about the medals”, as she urged the people to “continue living life as normal” as they enter Rio’s new Olympic Stadium.

— More than 400,000 people have been displaced as a result of the violent clashes in Rio, according the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

— Rousseff has also said that a “peaceful transition” to democracy in Brazil is possible.

— Roussef said that the Olympics have been the catalyst for the country to reach “a new phase” of development, and that it has made Brazil a “place of pride” for the world.

— With AFP