The opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games took place in Brazil’s iconic Macarana stadium on August 5th as thousands of athletes from across the globe including the Afghan athletes making their entrance in the colourful and pulsating ceremony.
IOC President Thomas Bach in his opening address said ““This is the moment of the cidade maravilhosa.”
He said “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.”
Mr Bach further added “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.”
Afghanistan will be represented by Tawfiq Bakhshi, Kemya Yousufi, and Abdul Wahab Zahiri who will compete in the field of 100 and 200 meters run game.
The 2016 Olympics run until August 21 with athletes from 206 countries along with a team of Refugees to compete in 28 different 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.” -KP
THE PASHTUN TIMES