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.
The official countdown to the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro has begun with the lighting of the Olympic flame in Greece. This kicked off the torch relay leading up to the start of the Olympics in early August.
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.
The 2016 Olympic Games have been overshadowed by a perfect storm of political crisis, corruption scandal and economic recession. In Brazil, expectations are modest, reports Donna Bowater from Rio de Janeiro.
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.
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