The torch arrived in the Brazilian capital on Tuesday morning and was taken to the Planalto Palace (the official workplace of the president) to begin the relay that will pass through over 300 cities throughout Brazil. "Upon lighting the Olympic torch, Brazil has now become the 'country of the Olympics.' The excitement surrounding this day will stay marked in our country's memory, heart and history," said Rousseff. "I welcome this flame, a symbol of humanity's great hope which is peace, union and friendship. We are going to infect our nation with the Olympic spirit and involve the whole Brazilian population in this historic opportunity," added the president.
Brazil is prepared to host the most successful edition of the Olympic Games. The comprehensive action plan in terms of security is ready based on the successful experience gained in the World Cup 2014," said the president.