The flame for the Olympic Games in Brazil was lit in southern Greece last month. The torch traveled across Greece before it was officially handed over to Brazil for the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on August 5. This year, a refugee team will be participating in Games as a message of hope to all those hit by the migrant crisis this year. Rio 2016 is now well and truly about embracing the hardships that were characterized by the refugee crisis this year.
The official flame-lighting ritual was established 80 years ago and is based on a ceremony from Ancient Olympia, where the Games were held for more than one thousand years. Keeping to the tradition, the flame has been lit in the temple of Hera, in Olympia. The ceremony was accompanied by a choreographed display. A white pigeon was released to symbolize peace.
President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Spiros Kapralos (2nd L) hands over the Olympic Flame to Syrian refugee Ibrahim al-Hussein (2nd R), an amputee swimmer, during the Olympic Flame torch relay at the Eleonas refugee camp in Athens, Greece, April 26, 2016. (Reuters)