It was with great fanfare that the Brazilians opened their arms to the world. So simple, but effective, far from the usual blare, each of the 206 nations took part in the parade. Cameroon, wonderfully dressed, attracted the eyes of 2 to 3 billion people simultaneously watching the ceremony. The dressing gave honor a part of our culture, unknown to many, but yet alive.
This is a page of history also written as these are the first Olympic Games held in Latin America.
A historic moment
The president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach spoke as a “page of history,” the Olympic team of refugees was warmly welcomed by the spectators.
Runner Nathike Lokonyen Rose, a native of South Sudan, carried the Olympic flag. The delegation of 10 athletes was selected by the IOC during the past year.