Rio 2016: Inside the last 200 days
January 18 marks the official 200 days countdown to the start of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Although the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony may seem like a galaxy away, here are a few lead-up moments to watch out for over the next 200 days.
200 days – Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony
On August 5 athletes, fans and volunteers will fill Maracana Stadium for the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony, marking the start of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro.
150 days – Lighting of the Olympic flame
Inside 150 days to Rio, the Olympic flame will be lit in the Greek city of Olympia, also known as the home of the ancient Olympic Games. Once the flame is lit on April 21, the 95-day long torch relay will begin running though Greece until it’s handed over to the Olympic hosts on April 27. Brazil will receive the torch during a ceremony at Panathenaic Stadium, the stage of the Athens 1896 Olympic Games.
100 days – Final test events will be staged
With 100 hundred days to go Rio 2016 venues will host its final test events. Six test events will take place during this period including fencing (Carioca Arena), water polo (Olympic Aquatic Stadium), handball (Future Arena) and athletics (Olympic Stadium).
50 days – The Olympic Village officially opens
Several activities will occur in the final 50 days leading up to the opening ceremony. Most notably, fans will begin to receive Olympic Games tickets and the village will officially open on July 24. The torch will also enter its final stretch to Rio, bringing the flame one step closer to its final destination, the Olympic cauldron.