Rio de Janeiro re-lights its Olympic pyre to pass the baton to Tokyo

Rio de Janeiro's Olympic cauldron, part of a 12-meter-high work of art, had been turned off since the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games and will now be lit again until the end of the event in Tokyo.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the 2016 Olympic Games, lit its ceremonial Olympic pyre on Thursday night in a symbolic act to pass the baton to Tokyo, its successor, which will inaugurate the 2020 Olympic Games on Friday.

The ceremony that marks the passing of the baton from one host city to its successor, in which two children, students at a municipal Olympic village, lit the Olympic cauldron of Brazil's most emblematic city, was attended by the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, and the Japanese consul general in the city, Ken . . .

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