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Rio Olympic cauldron may be moved during Games; medal design approved

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RIO DE JANIERO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Fireworks explode as the cauldron is lit during the Opening Ceremony for the XV Pan American Games at the Maracana Stadium on July 13, 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The Rio Olympics will not have multiple cauldrons, but the single cauldron could be moved during the Games, Rio 2016 spokesman Mario Andrada said Tuesday.

The medal design has been approved by the International Olympic Committee but will not be unveiled until there are fewer than 100 days until the Aug. 5 Opening Ceremony, Andrada said at a U.S. Olympic Committee media summit.

The Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be held in the Maracanã Stadium, which will also host soccer matches during the Games but not track and field.

Traditionally, the ceremonies stadium also holds track and field, making the cauldron visible at competition for the Olympics’ marquee sport.

There will not be separate cauldrons for the Maracanã and the track and field stadium, Andrada said.

“Zero chances,” Andrada said. “One cauldron.”

The cauldron will definitely be lit at the Maracanã during the Opening Ceremony. Could the cauldron be moved after that?

“That’s a possibility,” Andrada said.

If the cauldron is not moved, it will remain at a stadium that will not be used for competition until the 11th day of the Games. The Maracanã will host one men’s and one women’s soccer semifinal and both gold-medal matches and no other competition.

In 2010, the Vancouver Winter Games had two cauldrons — one inside in the ceremonies arena and one outside in the city of Vancouver for the public to view.

In 2007, Rio de Janeiro hosted the Pan American Games with one sun-like cauldron inside the Maracanã (pictured), which also did not host track and field.

The Rio Olympic slogan is expected to be unveiled in the next two to three weeks, Andrada said.

After that, the ticket design may be unveiled around 100 days out from the Opening Ceremony on April 27.

Then will come the medal design, Andrada said.

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