Rio Games: Global warming with a Samba touch

Rio Games: Global warming with a Samba touch
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Brazil showcased its rich history and cultural heritage, combined with Rio\'s famous \'Samba\' dance, as the 31st Olympic Games was officially launched with a subtle yet powerful message of global warming plaguing the world in a glittering opening ceremony at the iconic Maracana Soccer Stadium here.

Rio de Janeiro: Brazil showcased its rich history and cultural heritage, combined with Rio's famous 'Samba' dance, as the 31st Olympic Games was officially launched with a subtle yet powerful message of global warming plaguing the world in a glittering opening ceremony at the iconic Maracana Soccer Stadium here.

Brazil organisers put their passion for football aside and made climate change and depletion of natural resources as the central theme.

It is nearly a four-hour long ceremony signalling the opening of the 17-day extravaganza that will feature more than 11,000 athletes from 209 countries, including a refugee Olympic team.

Brazil's Acting President Michel Temer declared open the Games, the first to be held in South America, in the presence of International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach and UN chief Ban-Ki Moon.

Brazil’s 2004 marathon bronze medallist Vanderlei de Lima lit the Olympic cauldron to thunderous applause of spectators.

At that very moment, the trouble-torn build up, Zika virus threat and economic slump were away from everyone’s mind.

Meanwhile, the lone Indian individual gold medal winner Abhinav Bindra was the country’s flag-bearer during the march past.

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