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A glittering ceremony marks the beginning of Rio Olympics 2016

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima DwivediBy Arnima Dwivedi

Published on 6 Aug 2016 7:05 AM GMT

A glittering ceremony marks the beginning of Rio Olympics 2016
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Rio de Janeiro: The iconic Macarana stadium in Rio was witness to another historic event as the

the 31st Olympics opened with a resplendent ceremony laced with samba beats and dazzling fireworks.

Some spell-bounding performances and a customary parade by 207 country-contingents including debutants Kosovo and South Sudan,followed by their respective flag-bearers marked beginning of 16-day mega sporting even- the Rio Olympics.

  • The venue was the historic stadium of Macarana where 2014 soccer Wolrd Cup nfinal was played.
  • The stadium has capacity of more than seventy five thousand persons.
  • Sambista Paulinho da Viola sang the Brazilian national anthem 'Hino Nacional Brasileiro'.
  • Brazil’s brief history, from slave trade to the invention of first aeroplane, was depicted through a beautiful piece or performance.
  • The event witnessed a beautiful rendition of the late Tom Jobim;s legendary 'The Girl fromxxc Ipanema' by his grandson Daniel alongside supermodel and national icon Gisele Bundchen.
  • Legendary samba singer Elza Soares hip-hop proponents Karol Conka and 12-year- old M.C. Soffia. also performed at the gala ceremony.

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  • twenty one year-old sensation Ludmilla renderedthe 'Rap da Felicidade' (Happiness Rap).
  • Thirteen year-old Cristian do Passinho displayed nimble footwork in 'Passinho' , the latest Riodance craze.
  • The Parade of the participating contingents representing their Nations lured limelight.
  • The Indian contingent was led by Olympian Gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra.

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima Dwivedi

A journalist, presently working as a sub-editor with newstrack.com. I love exploring new genres of humans and humanity.

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