Christ the Redeemer lit up to mark 100 days till the Olympics

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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The world’s most famous statue of Jesus Christ was lit up with the Olympics logo and images of sporting arenas on Wednesday to mark 100 days to the Tokyo Olympic Games opening ceremony.

Hundreds of LED projectors were used to beam images onto the 98-foot (30-m) Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, according to media reports.

The show began and ended with the statue seeming to wear Brazil jerseys in yellow and green, the country’s distinctive sporting colours, derived from its national flag.

A picture taken with a drone shows the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) illuminating Christ the Redeemer, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14 April 2021, to celebrate the 100 days remaining until the Tokyo Olympic Games that will take place from 23 July to 08 August. EPA-EFE/Antonio Lacerda

Words like “discipline”, “determination”, “respect”, “focus” and “courage” in Portuguese were also projected onto the statue against the backdrop of sporting arenas, from a swimming pool to a running track.

The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to open on July 23, postponed from last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. But 100 days before the start of the event, organizers still face a deluge of challenges and growing uncertainty.

The Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) illuminated Christ the Redeemer, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14 April 2021, to celebrate the 100 days remaining until the Tokyo Olympic Games that will take place from 23 July to 08 August. EPA-EFE/Antonio Lacerda

The last Summer Olympic Games were held in Rio in 2016.

Rio’s iconic statue of Christ with his arms outstretched is undergoing restoration ahead of the 90th anniversary of its completion in October.