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WORLD LEADERS CELEBRATE SPIRIT OF OLYMPIC GAMES RIO 2016

RIO 2016

https://www.olympic.org/news/rio-2016


RIO OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazi


List of Presidents of Brazil

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_Brazil


Brazil's political mess keeps foreign leaders away from Rio

http://meredith.worldnow.com/story/32697085/brazils-political-mess-keeps-foreign-leaders-away-from-rio


http://www.ocala.com/sports/20160805/brazils-political-mess-keeps-foreign-leaders-away-from-rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) " A reception welcoming foreign dignitaries to the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics promises to be a lonely affair, with many heads of state staying away from Rio de Janeiro for fear of offending Brazilian political sensibilities.

Ahead of South America's first Olympics, officials had predicted as many as 100 heads of state would attend. But a list provided Friday by the Foreign Ministry showed fewer than 25 in attendance, among them the presidents of Argentina, France and Portugal. The United States is being represented by Secretary of State John Kerry.

They apparently are staying away because of the prospect of stepping into a country with two presidents. Interim President Michel Temer took over following the suspension in May of President Dilma Rousseff on impeachment charges.

For many leaders, it's too delicate of a diplomatic dance, said Maristella Basso, a professor of international law at the University of Sao Paulo.

"Leaders don't know which president to greet, the one who was removed or her interim replacement," Basso told The Associated Press. "So many decided not to come at all, to either avoid an uncomfortable encounter or to protest what they view as a coup."

Temer, who has avoided travel outside the country and kept a low profile since taking over for Rousseff, is holding a reception for foreign leaders Friday at the former Foreign Ministry palace, which was in use when Rio was Brazil's capital before 1960.

After a cocktail party, the group will relocate under tight security to the Maracana stadium for the opening ceremony.

Among the notable absences are leaders from some of Brazil's closest allies: Russia, India, China and South Africa " the so-called BRICS group of emerging market powerhouses that drew close to Brazil during during an aggressive, 15-year diplomatic push under Rousseff and her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Each instead sent their sports ministers.

Reflecting South America's ideological divide, only two regional leaders are here: fellow conservatives from Argentina and Paraguay. Leftist governments in Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela stayed home.

"The foreign leaders that are here are from countries that have a cold and distant relationship with Brazil," Basso said. "The timing couldn't have been worse."


The Story Behind Obama’s Absence At The Olympics Opening Ceremony

http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2016/08/05/3805318/obama-snubs-olympics-opening-ceremony/


BRAZIL TAKES PRIDE IN SPECTACULAR RIO 2016 OPENING

THE GAMES OF THE XXXI OLYMPIAD WERE DECLARED OPEN IN SPECTACULAR FASHION ON 5 AUGUST, AS HOST CITY RIO DE JANEIRO WELCOMED THE WORLD TO WHAT PROMISES TO BE AN INCREDIBLE TWO WEEKS IN THE LATEST CHAPTER OF THE OLYMPIC STORY. THE OPENING CEREMONY TOOK PLACE IN BRAZIL'S ICONIC MARACANÃ STADIUM.

https://www.olympic.org/news/brazil-takes-pride-in-spectacular-rio-2016-opening

“This is the moment of the cidade maravilhosa,” said IOC President Thomas Bach in his opening address. “The first-ever Olympic Games in South America will go from Brazil to the entire world. The Organising Committee, Brazilian authorities at all levels, and all Brazilians can be very proud tonight. With the Olympic Games as a catalyst you have achieved in just seven years what generations before you could only dream of. You have transformed the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro into a modern metropolis and made it even more beautiful.”

Reflecting that beauty, a stunning Opening Ceremony depicted the rich and complex history and culture of Brazil. Fireworks and laser-lit dancers provided a suitably arresting start, before Paulinho da Viola performed a moving acoustic version of the national anthem.

The story of Brazil was then retold in a stunning showcase, beginning with the birth of life itself, depicted on a huge screen on the stadium floor, and continuing with a representation of the country’s rainforest and the forming of three huge “ocas” or huts to symbolise the indigenous people who call that amazing and precious habitat their home.

Dancers then appeared, creating ships to portray the arrival of the Europeans, who were followed in turn by performers representing African slaves, shackled and bound to large wheels. The ceremony reflected the profound influence African culture has had on Brazil, and the country’s clash of cultures, with waves of immigrants from countries as far and wide as Lebanon, Syria, Japan, and Germany all helping to make it the complex mosaic it is today.

The stunning spectacle continued with a section entitled “Metropolis” and the rise of Brazil’s great cities, with parkour practitioners skipping and tumbling across an impressive cityscape. Next in the spotlight was powered-flight pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, the first man to take off with a heavier-than-air machine, who was shown soaring majestically in his plane, the 14 Bis, over night-time Rio.

The appearance of Gisele Bundchen, strutting out to the sound of “The Girl From Ipanema”, marked the start of “Bossa”, celebrating the curves and sensuality of Brazil. Pop then took centre stage, as the voice of the favelas, funk, samba, “passinho” and popular Brazilian music filled the air, while breakdance, capoeira and a host of the country’s regional variations of dance also put in appearances. Some 1,500 dancers then arrived on the scene for with a mass dance-off, as Brazilian singer Regina Casé urged everyone in the stadium to get on their feet.

The tone changed as the focus switched to the environment and the problems posed by melting ice caps and rising sea levels. As a sign of hope, however, a lone seedling emerged from the ground, symbolising a key message of the Games and the importance of trees in trapping carbon dioxide and delaying global warming. With this goal in mind, on arriving at the stadium for the parade, each athlete was given a seed of a native tree of Brazil and a cartridge with soil for them to plant it in the Radical Park in Deodoro. The Athletes’ Forest they will create there will be their legacy for Rio de Janeiro. To underline that message, actor Fernanda Montenegro and Judi Dench read Carlos Drummond de Andrade’s, A Flor e a Náusea, a poem announcing hope for the future.

It was time then for the athletes, the planters of the world, to make their entrance. In time-honoured fashion, the first of the 207 delegations to make their way out were Greece, who were led out by Sofia Bekatorou, the first woman to be the country’s flagbearer. Taking a very proud part in the parade of athletes was the ten-strong Refugee Olympic Team, who received huge cheers from the crowd, a hugely significant and poignant first in the history of the Games.

“In the spirit of Olympic solidarity and with the greatest respect, we welcome the Refugee Olympic Team,” said Bach. “Dear refugee athletes: you are sending a message of hope to all the many millions of refugees around the globe. You had to flee from your homes because of violence, hunger or just because you were different. Now with your great talent and human spirit you are making a great contribution to society.”

The noise levels rose as Brazil’s team of 477 athletes brought up the rear, marking the end of the parade. Formed by the cabinets housing the athletes’ seeds, the five Olympic rings then appeared in the centre of the pitch, only this time in a striking green – mirroring the environmental theme of the Ceremony and the Games – instead of their traditional colours.

The President of the Rio 2016 Committee, Carlos Nuzman, then spoke a few words, describing himself as “the proudest man alive” to be hosting the Games in his city, before handing on to Bach, who made this appeal to the athletes:

“In this Olympic world there is one universal law for everybody. In this Olympic world we are all equal. In this Olympic world we see that the values of our shared humanity are stronger than the forces which want to divide us.

“So I call upon you, the Olympic athletes: Respect yourself, respect each other, respect the Olympic Values which make the Olympic Games unique for you and for the entire world.”

The Olympic Laurel was then awarded to the Kipchoge Keino, the legendary Kenyan distance runner, in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the fields of education, culture, development and peace through sport. It was then time for the performing of the Olympic Anthem and the taking of the Olympic oaths by Robert Scheidt, Martinho Nobre and Adriana Santos.

There was still time, however, for one last show of Brazilian exuberance, with the 12 drum sections from Rio’s main samba schools providing a rousing musical footnote to the evening.

The spotlight then fell on former tennis player Gustavo Kuerten, who jogged into the stadium clutching the Olympic Torch before passing it on to basketball player Hortência Marcari. She in turn handed it on to former Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, who had the honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron and setting the seal on an evening high on colour, verve and hope for the future.



Extra Olympic Security for Foreign Dignitaries in Brazil

http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-politics/extra-olympic-security-for-foreign-dignitaries-in-brazil/


Olympic Houses Take Over Rio During the 2016 Olympics

 http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-entertainment/olympic-houses-take-over-rio-during-the-2016-olympics/


Rio’s Mayor Says Olympic Legacy Greater than Barcelona

http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-politics/rios-olympic-legacy-greater-than-barcelona-mayor/

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio’s mayor, Eduardo Paes, and Brazil’s Sports Minister, Leonardo Picciani said on Thursday that the legacy left by the 2016 Olympics to city residents will be greater than that seen in Barcelona, Spain, during the 1992 Olympics

http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-entertainment/olympics-opening-viewing-party-to-be-held-in-vidigal-favela/


RIO 2016

https://www.olympic.org/news/rio-2016


RIO READY TO WELCOME THE WORLD

https://www.olympic.org/news/rio-ready-to-welcome-the-world

THE RIO 2016 OPENING CEREMONY IS TONIGHT, WITH THE ESTADIO MARACANÃ ALL SET TO PUT ON A SPARKLING SHOW FOR THE WORLD.

The ceremony gets under way at 20.00 local time, with more than 70,000 fans and athletes from all over the world set to flock to the legendary stadium for a glittering event that will raise the curtain on the first Olympic Games to be held in South America.

Taking place in the carnival capital of the world, the ceremony will mark the start of two weeks of sporting excellence, excitement and high drama. Running until 21 August, Rio 2016 will feature an all-star cast topped by the likes of Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps.

The ceremony’s organisers have prepared a thrilling show brimming with light, samba and spectacular sets, and showcasing all the diversity and energy of Brazil. Around the globe, hundreds of millions of viewers will be tuning in to watch the show live.

As well as promoting peace and tolerance, the ceremony will also feature a call for everyone around the world to save the planet from climate change.

The athletes of the 207 delegations, which, for the very first time, include a team of refugees competing under the Olympic banner, will be proudly led out by their respective flagbearers on to the track at the Maracanã. Once the Parade of Nations is compete, the athletes will then join the rest of the world in savouring what promises to a memorable show.

We will have a report for you on the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, and all the best photos besides. Let the party begin!


WORLD LEADERS CELEBRATE SPIRIT OF OLYMPIC GAMES RIO 2016

https://www.olympic.org/news/world-leaders-celebrate-spirit-of-olympic-games-rio-2016

LEADERS FROM SPORT, GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS AND CULTURE GATHERED IN SOLIDARITY ON THE EVE OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES RIO 2016 TO CELEBRATE THE UNIFYING POWER OF SPORT AND THE OLYMPIC GAMES.

“Your presence is another demonstration of how the Olympic Games go beyond sport,” International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach told guests at the traditional IOC President’s Dinner Thursday night. “Your presence shows that sport is in the middle of a diverse and modern society. Like the athletes, we have come together from different parts of the world to celebrate our diversity. Thank you for coming and for sharing with us this Olympic spirit of peace and solidarity.”

Heads of state and government from countries around the world, as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, joined luminaries from other sectors of society at the dinner.

The guest list included the King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander; the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri; the Vice Premier of China, Liu Yandong; the President of France, François Hollande; the Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi; the President of the Swiss Confederation, Johann Schneider-Amman, as well as other heads of state and government from Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus, the father of social business and microcredit, was among the representatives from civil society.

Representatives from the world of sport included five-time Olympic champion Nadia Comaneci of Romania, world-renowned cricketer Sachin Tendulkar of India and Olympic swimmer Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe, a seven-time Olympic medallist who served as the dinner’s Master of Ceremonies just a few days before her scheduled competition in Rio 2016.

“With my swimming competition starting in just four days’ time, I should probably be in the pool to train right now,” she joked. “These will be my fifth Olympic Games, and I can tell you that I am still as excited as I was before my very first Olympic Games.”

Earlier in the day, the UN Secretary-General, a strong supporter of the Olympic Games, visited the Olympic Village to meet with members of the Refugee Olympic Team.

“Now you can show your strength, your capacity to run faster and become stronger,” he told them.

In his remarks to the dinner guests, President Bach cited the refugee athletes as another example of the Olympic spirit of solidarity. He said, “Like no other human activity, sport is about bringing people together in the spirit of friendship and respect. Sport always builds bridges. Sport never erects walls. In a world shaken by crises, we need the unifying power of sport more than ever.”


NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES

https://www.olympic.org/national-olympic-committees


Croatia

https://www.olympic.org/croatia



News

https://www.rio2016.com/en/live-blog-day-5

The star of the Olympics opening ceremony was the shirtless, oily Tongan flagbearer who raised over $6,000 to train for the games

http://www.businessinsider.com/tongan-flagbearer-pita-nikolas-taufatofua-star-of-olympics-opening-ceremony-2016-8

Tonga isn't usually a star nation of the Olympics, but on Friday night at the Rio 2016 opening ceremony, they stole the show thanks to taekwondo fighter Pita Nikolas Taufatofua.

Taufatofua was Tonga's flagbearer during the parade of nation, and he marched out shirtless and drenched in oil, wearing only a Tongan mat, instantly causing a stir in the sports world.

This is Taufatofua's first Olympics and he's Tonga's first taekwondo Olympian.

According to Wall Street Journal, Taufatofua started a Generosity page to crowdsource money to "fund a training camp with world-class fighters, bring his technical coach to that training camp, hire a strength and conditioning coach, buy the electronic system that will be used at the Olympics and cover his costs of travel." His goal was $100,000, according to WSJ. He made only $6,262.

That didn't stop Taufatofua, though. According to WSJ, in an interview with a Tongan website, Taufatofua revealed he's had multiple injuries in his career and was wheelchair-bound for three months.

As WSJ also notes, Taufatofua also gave a preview of his grand Olympics entrance, writing on his Facebook page, 


"Olympic opening Ceremony tonight! Pumped! We have a little surprise.. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it."


His entrance quickly made him a star, gaining over 1,000 followers on Instagram within an hour, according to WSJ.

After Friday night, the taekwondo events gained a lot more followers.

https://www.rio2016.com/en/athlete/pita-nikolas-taufatofua

FULL NAME: Pita Nikolas TAUFATOFUA

DATE OF BIRTH: November 05, 1983 (Age 32)

HEIGHT AND WEIGHT: 1.91 m /6' 3'' — 100 kg / 220 lbs

EVENTS: Taekwondo Men +80kg

Topless Tonga flag bearer Pita Taufatofua sends fans wild walking into Olympic stadium ceremony covered in baby oil

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/topless-tonga-flag-bearer-pita-8573242

Rio de Janeiro was thrown into spotlight last night during the Olympics opening ceremony - but there was one oiled-up athlete who stole the show.


All eyes were on Pita Taufatofua, representing Team Tonga, as he marched topless covered in baby oil waving the country's flag.


The Taekwondo hunk, 32, left his usual sports attire in the changing rooms and opted for a traditional sarong with a shell necklace.

 

Meet the Tonga flag bearer Pita Taufatofua

http://sports.yahoo.com/photos/meet-tonga-flag-bearer-pita-022519144/

As the Parade of Nations at the Olympic Opening Ceremony was droning on Friday night, the Tonga flag bearer Pita Taufatofua made a splash by leading his country into the stadium shirtless and covered in oil. Taufatofua is Tonga’s first taekwando Olympian and works as a model on the side.


Tonga’s shirtless, muscular, oiled up flagbearer set the Internet on fire

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/08/tongas-oil-flag-bearer-rio-opening-ceremony-olympics-favorite

It’s Pita Nikolas Taufatofua, who qualified for the Olympics through the Oceania Takwondo qualification tournament in April. The 32-year old had fallen short in his two previous attempts to make the Olympics.


During the Opening Ceremony in Rio, there were lots of different outfits on display. Most of them featured pants and a shirt, because, you know, that’s the typical thing you see people wear at a formal ceremony for the Olympics.

Tonga shook things up with its flagbearer going shirtless with just a Tongan mat wrapped around his waist — and lots of oil on his body.


Internet in a frenzy over Olympics hot flag-bearer, Pita Taufatofua — a Taekwondo athlete from Tonga

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/internet-frenzy-olympic-flag-bearer-pita-taufatofua-article-1.2740444


Pita Nikolas TAUFATOFUA,photos

https://www.google.hr/search?q=Pita+Nikolas+TAUFATOFUA&client=opera&hs=N31&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwifk-Tq1qzOAhXFBywKHW8OAeQQsAQITg&biw=1745&bih=856


Pita Nikolas TAUFATOFUA Gallery

http://www.pitataufatofua.com/gallery/


http://www.businessinsider.com/tongan-flagbearer-pita-nikolas-taufatofua-star-of-olympics-opening-ceremony-2016-8


https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/photos/rio-2016-picture-this-meet-tonga-flag-bearer-pita-taufatofua-1470470255-slideshow/p-flagbearer-pita-nikolas-taufatofua-photo-022519321.html


2016 Rio Olympic Games opening ceremony

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/2016-rio-olympic-games-opening-ceremony-gallery-1.2740227


http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/2016-rio-olympic-games-opening-ceremony-gallery-1.2740227?pmSlide=1.2740433


Gisele Bundchen

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gisele_Bündchen

Gisele Bundchen takes a long, final public sashay to roars of Rio Olympic crowd

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/rio-2016/2016/08/05/gisele-bundchen-rio-opening-ceremony/88320428/


ttp://www.giselebundchen.com.br


Gisele Bundchen,photos

https://www.google.hr/search?q=Gisele+Bundchen&client=opera&sa=N&biw=1745&bih=856&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ved=0ahUKEwjomeSV1qzOAhVLiSwKHUXsBrI4ChCwBAge


http://www.biography.com/people/gisele-bündchen-20881549


http://www.index.hr/black/clanak/video-zaboravite-na-plesacice-rasplesana-gisele-bundchen-je-najbolja-scena-iz-rija/910964.aspx



Rio Olympics 2016: opening ceremony – in pictures

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/gallery/2016/aug/06/rio-olympics-2016-opening-ceremony-in-pictures


Rio Olympics opening ceremony highlights: Gisele Bundchen, goon bags, teen rapper and oily Tongan

http://www.foxsports.com.au/olympics/rio-olympics-opening-ceremony-highlights-gisele-bundchen-goon-bags-teen-rapper-and-oily-tongan/news-story/3b976581c023e38d837a8c16ae5b6dc3

Gisele Bündchen  Pita Nikolas Taufatofua 






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