by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Arrived in Santos
A journey around the country; on Friday 27th July, the torch reached Santos in São Paulo State, approximately 211 miles (340 kilometres) further south along the Atlantic coastline from Rio de Janeiro; about one by air, ten hours by bus!
I can vouch for those facts through experience!
Privileged to carry the torch was part of the ceremonial was the host nation’s Marcio Tovar, a member of the Swaythling Club International and for some 50 years a dedicated table tennis enthusiast.
Understandably he was honoured to have been chosen.
Eventually, the torch will end its journey at the Opening Ceremony to be held in the Maracanã Stadium on Friday 5th August.
Overall, the Torch will visit 300 Brazilian cities, including all 26 state capitals.