Olympics: Rio's Christ the Redeemer lit up to mark 100 days till the Tokyo Games

Aerial view of the statue of Christ the Redeemer illuminated with the Brazilian flag colours and Olympic arrows in Rio de Janeiro, on April 14, 2021.
Aerial view of the statue of Christ the Redeemer illuminated with the Brazilian flag colours and Olympic arrows in Rio de Janeiro, on April 14, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO (REUTERS) - The world's most famous statue of Jesus Christ was lit up with the Olympic logo and images of sporting arenas on Wednesday (April 14) to mark 100 days to the Tokyo Olympic Games' opening ceremony.

Hundreds of LED projectors were used to beam images onto the (30-metre 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.

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.

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.