Here you catch all details of the live telecast and free online live streaming of the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics on August 5. Also, know all the other details.
The Rio Olympics are upon us and it does not get bigger than this. Kick-starting proceedings has been football on August 3. But we also have archery on August 5. But while the archery events are scheduled during the day in Brazil, in the evening, the country and large parts of the world may stand one as we have the opening ceremony. The telecast will be on Star Sports network. Also Read: 2016 Rio Olympics India Schedule IST
The ceremony begins on August 5 in the evening in Brazil. It means that it will be early morning on August 6 in India if one is to catch it on television. The time is 4.20 am IST on the Star Sports network. The free online live streaming of the event can be seen on Starsports.com and Hotstar.com.
Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, which has a capacity of over 78,000 will play host to the ceremony. It was also the venue of the football World Cup final in 2014. The Indian archers, who have their events earlier on August 5, have decided to give the ceremony a miss to be best prepared for the Olympics. Meanwhile, India’s only individual gold medallist Abhinav Bindra will be the flag bearer.
Bindra had earlier announced that the Rio Olympics will be his last campaign. While Greece will lead the nations and be the first one to march out, India will have to wait their turn and will come in at number 95 in the order. Among the star attraction you have football great Pele, who will light the cauldron.
Also, watch out for supermodel Gisele Bundchen, who will perform at the event. From the world of music, Anitta, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil will be seen at the glittering opening ceremony. It may be early morning in India but it is expected that as many as 900 million people will watch the ceremony one way or the other.
India won six medals in London and are expected to increase their tally here. As the athletes come together for the opening ceremony, they will get a sense of being in a team before the real deal begins.
The Indian archers, who will not be present with the rest of the cast, will already have their work cut out on August 5 itself. The opening ceremony is often the platform where each nation shows its might, where the bigger the number of athletes for a country, the stronger you come across as a team.