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The Olympic Torch Relay Reaches Goias
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The Olympic torch reached the Centre-West Brazilian state of Goias on the second day of its official tour of the host country, which will end with the opening ceremony of the Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 5.

A man dressed as a giant torch joined the festivities in the region, the capital city of which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 due to its distinctive baroque architecture.

The torch has taken on great symbolism as a political and economic crisis results in Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff battling impeachment.

“I am very proud to carry the Olympic torch, promoting the peace of the torch, bringing and showing Brazil that we can overcome all our problems with great happiness,” said torch bearer, Augusto Aguiar.

The torch will be raised by 12,000 people throughout 335 cities, crossing 20,000 kilometers (12,427 miles) of Brazilian territory.

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