It is not news that the Olympic Torch will go all over Brazil, but the symbol of the Olympic Games will be in São João del-Rei on the 15th, same day as the Levantin International Mountain Bike Cup (CIMTB Levorin) will be taking place in the city . The Olympic torch ceremony will be carried by three people. One of them is representative of the mountain bike, the Sanjoanense José Mauro Caputo, known as Nature, who runs CIMTB Levorin for about 20 years. The second stage, which takes place between May 13 and 15, will be decisive in the number of places and representatives of mountain biking in the 2016 Games, as the Olympic Cycle will close on May 25.
Nature affirmed that besides representing São João del-Rei, it will represent the sport, especially the mountain bike. “CIMTB Levorin is part of my story as an athlete on mountain biking. Sport has entered my life with my bike and today, at age 54, no one believes I am that old. It will be gratifying to represent São João del-Rei to Brazil and represent the mountain bike in the ceremony of the Olympic Torch, “he said.
The CIMTB Levorin has been the scene of major disputes for the points of the International Cycling Union (UCI), same ranking that ranks for the 2016 Games, and in São João del-Rei, the fight will be even greater. “This stage will be particularly special due to Rio 2016. It will be decided who will be the second male athlete to represent Brazil together with Avancini, so the adrenaline will run wild,” said Rogério Bernardes.
According to Rogerio, since the Olympic Cycle was opened in 2013, the event is working on improvements to benefit athletes struggling for the Olympic vacancy. “We are in this process in partnership with the Brazilian Cycling Confederation, the UCI and the Cycling Federation of Minas Gerais, so that CIMTB Levorin’s stages are increasing in the world ranking. Two aspects are the most relevant in this sense: the first is that Brazilians can score many points right here in Brazil, and the second is the technical exchange and evolution with the presence of great international athletes marking their presence in the stages, “he said.
The Olympic Torch will pass through 329 cities, including all state capitals. It will be lit in Greece on April 21 at the ceremony taking place in Olympia, the venue of the Games in Antiquity. The symbol will then pass through various locations in the European country and will be passed on to the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee on April 27 in Athens.
The course will begin in Brazil on May 3 in Brasilia, and will also tour the city that hosts the first stage of CIMTB Levorin, Araxá, on May 8. In a route traced by more than 20 thousand kilometers and 10 thousand aerial miles, the ceremony involves about 12 thousand drivers for 95 days, until arriving in Rio de Janeiro where the Olympic Pirate will be lit in Maracanã on August 5.
The Olympic Torch relay aims to involve every country in the atmosphere of the Games.The flame is an important symbol in the history of the Games and represents peace, unity and friendship. The symbolism originated among the Greek people who had the objective to announce a period of truce to allow the trip of athletes and public until the place of the Olympic competitions.
Colors And Symbolism
The highest point of the Olympic Torch is represented by the Sun. The color also refers to the gold, which represents the maximum achievement of the Games. The green undulations represent the mountains and hills of Rio de Janeiro, while the blue ripples are symbols of the Brazilian sea. The last representation, which also has waves format, is related to the boardwalk of Copacabana.
The torch was produced with recycled aluminum, resin, satin finish, weighs between 1kg and 1.5kg and measures 63.5cm in height when closed, and 69cm when open. The design of the torch is signed by the design agency Chelles & Hayashi, of São Paulo, partner of the Rio 2016 Committee in the development of the project. The agency was chosen after a national selection process that brought together 76 participants.