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Let the Rio Olympics Begin

Oi (Bula) from the Rio Olympic Village. All eyes are on the Maracana Stadium for the official opening ceremony of the XXXI (31st) Olympiad- 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Once rated
06 Aug 2016 09:40
Let the Rio Olympics Begin
Maracana is ready to welcome the teams of the world.

Oi (Bula) from the Rio Olympic Village.

All eyes are on the Maracana Stadium for the official opening ceremony of the XXXI (31st) Olympiad- 2016 Rio

Olympic Games. Once rated the largest soccer stadium in the world, the Maracana Stadium is now ranked 6th.

I’d personally like to be at this opening to compare the Birds Next- 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Millennium Stadium

2012 London Olympics and the Maracana Stadium for today’s 2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Tonight over 82,000 people will pack the Maracana despite all the challenges and controversy leading up to the

Olympics.

Not all athletes, officials and media will be inside the stadium only those with special tickets.

Discussions at the chef de missions meeting focused on the opening ceremony and the logistics to transport close to

15,000 people from the Games Village to the Maracana.

Chef de Missions have continued to raise concerns regarding transportation getting around to sporting venues.

To 7s rugby the Fijian men marched into the village last night and straight to the dining hall.

There were other news coming from Rio, the 129th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) saw the

election of Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee secretary general Auvita Rapilla as the second Pacific Islander in

this august body.

Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) president Dr Robin Mitchell has been an IOC member since 1984 and

was one of 17 re-elected for another eight years. This group includes Princess Anne and IOC president Thomas Bach.

Today also see the flag-bearer naming ceremony at the Pacific Hospitality House on Urca Beach near Copacabana.

The programme drew media attention.

Looking forward to the opening ceremony, of my third Olympics.

So until tomorrow, ‘boa noite’ (good night).

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