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2016 Rio Olympics takes center stage

17:31 Sat Aug 06, 2016

Taken from/By: Google
Report by: Meli Tavaga

The 2016 Rio Olympics has taken center stage across the world, after its opening ceremony today.

Athletes, officials and fans from all corners of the globe gathered at the Maracana Stadium in Rio to witness the opening, while millions of others were glued to their television screens.

It was truly an historic moment when Fiji’s largest ever contingent to an Olympic Games marched onto the Maracanã stadium this afternoon during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Team Fiji flag bearer, national men’s 7s captain Osea Kolinisau was dressed in a traditional attire and led the nation onto the Rio stadium.

The ceremony included traditional Olympic features like the oath and the parade of nations, along with unique celebrations highlighting Brazilian culture and accomplishments.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and his wife were also among the spectators at the stadium.

Athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team are in Brazil to compete in 28 events.

It took five years to produce the opening ceremony which included 300 dancers, 5,000 volunteers and 12,000 costumes.

With 554 athletes, the United States has the largest Olympic team while 100m runner Etimoni Timuani is the only athlete from Tuvalu.

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