The Summer Olympic Games opened in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. The theme of the 31st edition of Summer Olympic Games was ‘World peace and Environment’; the global warming took the centre stage at the opening ceremony. It is for first time the summer Olympics is held in South American Continent and Brazil is hosting it for the first time. This was also the first time since 1900 that the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics was held in a venue other than the athletics stadium.
The 2016 Rio Olympics games are scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 5 to 21 August 2016. It was declared open by Acting Brazilian President Michel Temer at the Maracana Stadium. “I declare the Rio Olympics open, and celebrate the 31st Olympic Games of the modern era,” Temer said to formally signal the commencement of competitions as the Rio night sky was lit with fireworks emanating from Maracana Stadium.
At the opening ceremony, Brazil showcased its rich history and cultural heritage, combined with Rio’s famous ’Samba’ dance. The opening ceremony was held at the Maracana Stadium and it witnessed different performances and events depicting rich blend of Brazilian styles, histories and artists. The events retraced the history of Brazil from the arrival of the Portugese, the African influence on its culture, the immigration of Arab and Japanese communities and the rise of great cities.
India, which has fielded its biggest ever contingent of 118 sportspersons was led by flag-bearer and Olympic Gold medallist Abhinav Bindra. Around 70 Indian athletes and 24 officials took part in the march past with the male athletes wearing navy blue colour blazer and trousers and their female counterparts donning blue blazer and traditional Saree.