Olympic flame arrives in Brazil


The Olympic flame has arrived in Brazil 95 days before the Games get underway in Rio.

Rio 2016 president Carlos Arthur Nuzman emerged from a plane in the capital Brasilia carrying the iconic flame, which was transported on a special flight from Geneva on Tuesday.

The flame, preserved inside special lanterns during the flight from Switzerland, was lit by Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff and will now visit over 300 towns in Brazil before arriving at the Maracana Stadium for the opening ceremony on August 5.

Around 12,000 runners are set to carry the torch in the South American nation in the next few months.

"Brazil is now the country of the Games. We will remember this day and it will go down in history," said president Rousseff.

Double Olympic volleyball champion Fabiana Claudino had the honour of taking the flame from the president and beginning its journey across Brazil.