RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Organizers for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have added what they call a “bold flame” to offical images of the games’ Olympic Torch.
Officials pushed for a last-minute revamp of the image to show off Brazilian “innovation and spontaneity” just ahead of the Friday night opening ceremony.
The flame image, part of the official logo of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was borrowed with permission from the denomination’s South American Division.
An SAD spokesperson said that the Adventist Church was happy to authorize the use of its flame logo as it depicted “an important and urgent international message.”
He stressed however, that this did not give Adventists the right to watch the Opening Ceremony for the games after Friday sunset.