Live: Rio Olympics 2016 opening ceremony, Games declared open


RIO DE JANEIRO — The most sizzling on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening function

11:15 p.m.

The President of the International Olympic Committee passes on these Rio Games will advance peace. Thomas Bach talked not long after the parade of competitors into Maracana Stadium was finished on Friday night. Bach passes on all Brazilians “can be exceptionally glad today evening time,” then went ahead to discuss the significance of theseOlympics.  Bach said, “We are living in a universe of emergencies, doubt and instability. Here is our Olympic answer: The 10,000 best competitors on the planet, contending with each other, in the meantime living calmly together in one Olympic Village, sharing their suppers and their feelings.” Bach included that in this Olympic world, “we are all equivalent” — words that were met with commendation. He went ahead to request that the competitors “regard yourself, regard each other, regard the Olympic Values which make the Olympic Games one of a kind for you and for the whole world.” Bach finished up his comments by exhibiting the Olympic Laurel to Kipchoge Keino, a two-time gold medalist from Kenya who went ahead to open a halfway house in his country. Bach’s discourse was gone before by one from Rio Organizing Committee President Carlos Nuzman, who said “another world is conceived today.”

10:51 p.m.

They spared the best applause for last.  With fans droning as one, Brazil has entered the opening function for the Rio Games and was invited with long and boisterous cheers from the 60,000 or so inside Maracana Stadium. The host country dependably enters last, and the Brazilians were quickly gone before by another group top choice — the 10-man Refugee Team, which is contending under the Olympic banner. Present day pentathlete Yane Marques conveyed the Brazilian banner into lead her nation’s assignment.

10:45 p.m.

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A long time from now, coordinators of the Rio Games trust there’s 11,000 new trees in Brazil — one for every competitor at the Rio Games. Every Olympian who entered the opening function at Maracana Stadium on Friday night was given a seed and a cartridge of soil, which was to be put in mirror towers everywhere throughout the stage floor. Those cartridges will be taken to Deodoro and structure what will be known as the Athletes’ Forest. There’s 207 types of trees being planted, one for every appointment at the recreations. It’s all a player in a monstrous supportability and natural mindfulness exertion at these Olympics.

10:35 p.m.

For some countries, the Olympics are a customary event. For Kosovo and South Sudan, this is a first. They walked into the opening function of an Olympics interestingly Friday night, making their presentation at the Rio Games. Kosovo was authoritatively perceived by the International Olympic Committee in 2014; South Sudan was perceived a year ago. Kosovo’s banner was conveyed by judo competitor Majlinda Kelmendi, who sought Albania at the London Games four years prior. Kelmendi won a world title while contending in Rio in 2013. Subsequent to entering the stadium, Kelmendi said “it is a verifiable minute for my nation and for me. It is exceptionally persuading for me.” Kosovo sent eight competitors to Rio. South Sudan, which had marathoner Guor Marial convey its banner, has a three-competitor group. Marial contended in London as a free competitor.

10:30 p.m.

A littler Russian group has landed at the opening service. A state-supported doping program prompted the avoidance of numerous eventual Olympians in Rio and debilitates the awards that Russia won in later past Olympics. The World Anti-Doping Agency prescribed Russia’s prohibition from the Olympics, however the InternationalOlympic Committee didn’t come. The IOC requested that individual games organizations survey doping histories of Russian competitors, and under 24 hours before the opening function, the IOC was finishing the rundown of qualified Russian competitors.

10:20 p.m.

Tony Parker is trying to conceal the amount he’s getting a charge out of this opening function. The San Antonio Spurs star — and French point watch at the Rio Games — says the Olympics are “one of the best and greatest games occasions on the planet.” On the floor of Maracana Stadium after the French strolled into the opening Friday night, Parker said it was “only an extraordinary feeling to have the capacity to be here to speak to my nation.” Parker is one of 46 dynamic NBA players in these amusements. Which nations are getting the hottest gathering amid the parade of countries? Latin nations, Italy, France, Japan and the United States got the greatest cheer from the group at Maracana Stadium at the opening service of the Rio Games. Colombia is a neighboring nation with a lot of supporters in Rio. Italy and Japan are two of the greatest groups that moved to Brazil. The American group additionally has a considerable measure of backing. Spain, Mexico and South Africa likewise got a major cheer from the group. Argentina, Brazil’s unceasing opponents in soccer, got a blended response. Obviously, the loudest cheer will be put something aside for last — when Brazil enters. Jamaica is at the opening function. Usain Bolt is most certainly not. The two-time protecting champion in the Olympic 100-and 200-meter races, obviously, skirted the opening service for the Rio Games on Friday night. Jolt declared his choice before in the day. Friday was the fourth commemoration of Bolt winning the gold in the 100 at the London Games.

9:51 p.m.

Bowman Zahra Nemati had a major grin and a wave for the group as she conveyed Iran’s banner into the opening service in her wheelchair. Nemati is contending at the Olympics and Paralympics, where she’s a protecting gold medalist. She was a dark belt in taekwondo before a fender bender deadened her as a young person. She got arrow based weaponry a couple of years after the fact since she needed to contend in a game. Prior Friday, she contended in toxophilism’s qualifying round at the Sambadrome. She shot 72 bolts and amassed a score of 609 — sufficient for 49th position. She’s contending to “make my family and the general population around me upbeat, and let them know I’m OK and I’m solid.”

9:45 p.m.

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Andy Murray has Olympic gold, two Wimbledon titles, a U.S. Open crown and is as of now the No. 2 player on the planet. Be that as it may, notwithstanding for somebody with his resume, Friday night emerged. Murray was the flagbearer for Britain at the opening function for the Rio Games, and says it will go down as “the proudest snippet of my expert vocation.” Murray will play both singles and duplicates in Rio, the last close by his sibling Jamie. Murray says he’s been passed up the flagbearer title, taking note of that “it doesn’t get much greater than an opportunity to lead out your nation.” The British group got a major applause from the group in Rio, as did the French group when it entered minutes before. French President Francois Hollande was in the group, cheering for his country’s competitors as they strolled past.

9:35 p.m.

After 18 gold decorations and 22 awards by and large in his storied Olympic vocation, Michael Phelps has at last entered an opening function. The flagbearer for the U.S. has driven the unforeseen of red, white and blue-clad American competitors into Maracana Stadium, in the wake of being picked for that qualification not long ago. More than 500 Americans are on the Olympic group, however just like the case with Phelps in past years, not every one of them walked in the opening. Phelps’ opposition plan kept him from going to the initial four openings of his Olympic profession, and numerous competitors from around the globe — on the off chance that they’re contending on Saturday — tend to go on the function. The U.S. ladies’ soccer group wasn’t at the stadium due to their timetable and how far they are from the opening, however anticipated having their own particular private function of sorts. Players were set to wear their function outfits and basically imagine walking, as though they were in Rio. Competitors invest hours on their feet at the opening and regularly get to their beds well past midnight, not precisely the best circumstance for competitors hoping to play out their best a day later. Phelps said in the days paving the way to the opening that he needs to “take everything in, speak to America in the most ideal way and make my family glad. This time around, it’s about far beyond decorations.”

9:20 p.m.

Given the water hardships paving the way to the Rio Games, cruising has had more than its offer of issues going into these Olympics. Be that as it may, at the opening service, a portion of the game’s best will be in plain view — not a single burdens in sight. There’s 13 flagbearers at the opening service from cruising, which is more than the game had at the Beijing Games and the London Games joined. They are Sofia Bekatorou of Greece, Nicole Van der Velden of Aruba, Pavlos Kontides of Cyprus, Karl Martin Rammo of Estonia, Tuuli Petaja-Siren of Finland, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand, Vasilij Zbogar of Slovenia, Gintare Scheidt of Lithuania (the spouse of mainstream Brazilian cruising star Robert Scheidt), Joao Rodrigues of Portugal, Rodney Govinden of Seychelles, Dolores Moreira of Uruguay and Cy Thompson of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

9:10 p.m.

President Barack Obama says the Olympic Games fabricate a feeling of “basic mankind” as nations seek after the perfect of sending their best to contend “in a soul of goodwill.” Obama addressed NBC in front of the opening of the Rio Games. The president says individuals realize that the Olympic Games are not going to end war, dispose of destitution or stop the tragedies that happen every day around the globe. However, he says, the Games add to a “feeling of sympathy.” Obama says scope of the occasions likewise tells stories of individual competitors endeavoring to accomplish an abnormal state of rivalry. He says telling such stories “transports you into somewhere else.”

9 p.m.

Germany was one of the main groups to enter the opening service, much to the enjoyment of one fan specifically. Worldwide Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach — a 1976 gold medalist in fencing for his local nation — stood and waved with both hands as the Germans strolled into Maracana Stadium.

8:50 p.m.

The parade of nations has started, and as always Greece is leading off. Two-time Olympic sailing medalist Sofia Bekatorou is the flagbearer.Though most nations at an Olympic Games enter the opening ceremony in alphabetical order, there are exceptions. Greece goes first given its role as the birthplace of the Olympics. The host nation enters last, meaning Brazil will be waiting until the end of the parade to make its grand entrance. (In 2004, when Athens hosted the Olympics, the Greek athlete delegation entered last as well).Another quirk for the opening is that the local language is used to alphabetize, meaning Portuguese this year. So the United States of America — 198th in English alphabetical order out of the 207 participating teams — will enter 69th, since in Brazil the country’s name translates to Estados Unidos da America.If form from past games holds true, the parade of athletes should take slightly less than two hours.

8:45 p.m.

Brazil’s long, proud musical history is on full display in this high-energy start to the opening ceremony for the Rio Games. From funk to samba to hip-hop, it’s all being featured as the opening builds toward the entrance of athletes from around the world. Among the featured artists: Ludmilla, Cristian Do Passinho, Lelezinha, Elza Soares, Marcelo D2 and Karol Conka. Video screens around Maracana Stadium are showing some of the lyrics, mostly in Portuguese, as fireworks go off and dancers clad in huge multi-colored wigs and red, yellow, white and orange outfits perform on the stadium floor.

8:35 p.m.

It’s been a source of long debate in Brazil about who invented the airplane. Most people say the Wright Brothers. In Brazil, they say Alberto Santos Dumont is the inventor — and that the Wright Brothers actually invented a “jumping machine.” To pay homage to Dumont, a small plane appeared in the stadium during the portion of the opening ceremony that showed where Brazil began modernizing. The plane’s appearance only lasted for a few seconds. The next big part of the show got much bigger cheers — that being Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen, the wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, walking from one end of the stadium floor to another in a shimmering gown. As she walked, “The Girl From Ipanema” blared through the stadium.

8:25 p.m.

President Barack Obama says he’s ready to cheer on the U.S. Olympians.In a tweet on Friday night, not long after the opening ceremony started in Rio de Janeiro, the nation’s first fan wrote “Our team’s unity and diversity makes us so proud — and reminds the world why America sets the gold standard.”

8:20 p.m.

All Olympic opening ceremonies tend to pay homage to the host country’s past, and this one is no different. An image of a Pau-Brasil tree — the wood that gave its name to the country — digitally appeared on the floor of Maracana Stadium a few minutes into the start of Friday night’s opening ceremony for the Rio Games, as if in the Amazon rainforest.It’s the country’s national tree, has been on the list of threatened Brazilian plants and it’s illegal to cut the few trees that remain. Brazil was thick forest when first inhabited more than 500 years ago, and organizers thought that was the logical place to begin the ceremony. Even some of the most subtle things at the opening have a meaning. The curved shape of the stages used in the ceremony are a nod to Oscar Niemeyer, a key figure in Brazilian architecture.

8:10 p.m.

The unofficial anthem of Rio de Janeiro is being featured prominently as the opening ceremony gets underway.  The song “Aquele Abraco” — which translates to “That Hug” — by Grammy winner Gilberto Gil played a role in both the closing ceremony of the London Games four years ago and in Brazil’s bid for these Rio Games. The song was the soundtrack for the opening video, which started precisely at 8 p.m. in Rio. Gil is credited for helping revolutionize Brazilian music in the 1960s. He wrote Aquele Abraco not as a celebration piece, but as his farewell to Rio. He was jailed in 1968 after angering Brazil’s military dictatorship and lived in exile in London from 1969 through 1972. The first line of the song: “Rio de Janeiro is still beautiful.” From there, fireworks blasted from the top of the stadium and the Brazilian national anthem quickly followed. Among the most generally cited lyrics to the song are these: “Giant by thine own nature, thou art beautiful, thou art strong.” The official Brazilian flag has been hoisted by Rio de Janeiro’s Environmental Police Command. Protecting and sustaining Brazil’s environment will be a theme of the opening, and will continue throughout the games.