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Rio Olympics opening ceremony

Brazil showcased its rich history and cultural heritage, combined with Rio’s famous ‘Samba’ dance, as the 31st Olympic Games was officially launched with a subtle yet powerful message of global warming plaguing the world in a glittering opening ceremony

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Key Highlights

  • Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima lit the Olympic cauldron

    08:43 AM (IST)

  • Brazil’s Acting President Michel Temer declared the Games open

    08:06 AM (IST)

  • India’s contingent was led by flag-bearer Abhinav Bindra

    08:05 AM (IST)

  • Supermodel Gisele Bundchen walked the floor to the sound of “Girl from Ipanema”

    05:10 AM (IST)

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Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima lit the Olympic cauldron

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Vanderlei de Lima lights the Olympic flame

Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima lights the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (EPA Photo)

Vanderlei de Lima holds up the Olympic flame

Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima holds up the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo)

08:29 AM (IST)

Gustavo Kuerten carries the Olympic torch

Former Brazilian tennis player Gustavo Kuerten carries the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo)

08:28 AM (IST)

Let the Games begin as the Opening Ceremony of Rio 2016 is over

08:26 AM (IST)

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Note on the flame from the organisers

The Brazilian cauldron breaks with a tradition of cauldrons that produce a large volume of fire. This cauldron is intentionally small and low emission. Symbolically the small flame answers the call to reduce warming caused by polluting gases. With what we know today, it is no longer possible to burn tons of gas and consider it beautiful.

08:25 AM (IST)

Christ the redeemer

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source: Times Of India

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