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Giovane attends Olympic Torch Relay press conference

Giovane points to the torch of the 2004 Olympics in Athens, which Brazil won ahead of Italy (silver) and Russia (bronze)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 6, 2015 - Brazilian Olympic gold medalist Giovane Gávio was one of a group of Brazilian athletes joining a press conference ahead of the launch of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay. The Olympic flame is expected to arrive in Brazil between 90 and 100 days before the beginning of the Games and will visit every corner of the country in the build-up to the event.

Giovane -  who was also appointed the Rio 2016 Volleyball Competition Manager -
 won gold at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, when Brazil defeated the Netherlands in the final match, and at the Athens Olympics in 2004, when the South Americans finished ahead of Italy and Russia. He went on to play beach volleyball and became SESI São Paulo’s men’s coach in 2013.  

The Rio 2016 Olympic torch relay will visit every state in Brazil. The torch will be carried 20,000km by 10,000 torchbearers, taking the spirit of the Games to every corner of the world’s fifth largest country.

“Upon being awarded the right to host the 2016 Olympic Games, we promised to involve the entire country, thereby ensuring it would be an event made by Brazilians, for Brazilians and with a Brazilian spirit for the world to enjoy,” said Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman. “To stage the Olympic torch relay across the whole country is to fulfil that promise and give millions the chance to participate in an unforgettable celebration.”

Get more information about the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay.


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