A few months ahead of the Rio Games, the ancient ceremony marks the start of the Olympic countdown. The relay will now travel to Rio, where it's set to arrive for the opening ceremony. Meanwhile, preparations in Brazil are in full swing.
Just weeks ahead of the Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro is still grappling with negative headlines. DW correspondent Friedel Taube met the one man in Rio who isn't fazed: Mayor Eduardo Paes.
Since the last Olympic Games in 2012, 150 indigenous activists have been killed in Brazil while trying to protect their land. Campaigners warn the new interim government is moving to erode indigenous protections further.
Some top athletes were excluded for no apparent reason; others were allowed to compete in Berlin in a fake show of Nazi "tolerance." A new exhibition explores the fate of 17 Jewish athletes during the Nazi period.
Ten athletes have been picked to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics in the event's first refugee team. The team includes a Syrian swimmer living in Berlin who swam for her life trying to reach Greece last year.
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