ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / EditorialsEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsTalk from streetDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPRio sets good example with games opening ceremony(China Daily) Updated:2016-08-08 07:13Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallThe Olympic flame burns in Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 5, 2016. [Photo by Wei Xiaohao/China Daily]Congratulations, and many thanks to Rio de Janeiro, for the innovatively choreographed and beautifully executed opening ceremony for the Olympic Games, which was mesmerizing, inspiring, and thoroughly entertaining.
From supermodel Gisele Bundchens elegant walk across the stadium floor and the first-ever refugee team to the all-green Olympic rings and the Samba, there was indeed plenty to enjoy and remember.
What amazed us even more is the way Rio has achieved it, and in such a graceful manner, when so many thought it was impossible.
The Rio Games could not have come at a worse time for Brazil, under the triple pressures of an economic recession, the like of which the country has not seen in decades, a domestic political crisis and the Zika threat.
The prospect of Rio hosting a decent Olympics once seemed so bleak that some even suspected the International Olympic Committee had made a bad choice awarding the city the 2016 Summer Games.
With Beijing and London setting a high bar for opening ceremony theatricality, few had anticipated anything this impressive from Rio. After all, opening ceremonies are increasingly costly these days with host countries competing to invest in effects they deem commensurate with the self-image they intend to project.Rio, on the other hand, had a budget that was reportedly 12 times less than Londons and 20 times less than Beijings. It was operating on a comparative shoestring.
But the show they presented was nothing short of spectacular. Which prompted one Chinese commentator to gasp in admiration, “Who needs money when you have a conscience?”
Money does matter when it comes to hosting an international sporting event like the Olympic Games. But Rio offered a loud reminder that money is not everything, and conscience and creativity can go a long way.
Besides visuals that were hardly less fabulous than what we saw in Beijing and London, and the strong message about climate change, this aspect of the opening ceremony challenges future hosts and the Olympic community to rethink the way the worlds largest sporting gala is handled.
We particularly admire the organizers idea that it was unnecessary to spend large sums of money on the opening ceremony, when such undertakings as education and public health in Brazil are crying out for funds.
Like the “Avatar-like allegiance” to the environment demonstrated in the opening ceremony, this is a poignant Brazilian statement on conscience and social responsibility we sincerely wish will reach the hearts of all future Olympic hosts. Including those in Beijing, who are preparing for the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics.0Related StoriesChina wins first diving gold of Rio GamesPistol shooter Zhang Mengxue wins Chinas first gold in RioZhang Mengxue wins Chinas 1st gold medal at Rio OlympicsNo gold for China on opening day at Rio OlympicsMost Viewed Todays Top NewsRio sets good example with games opening ceremonyCandid thoughts on South China Sea disputes80 years on, long march spirit revivedDrivers must be made to obey rules of the roadManagement of college dorms has to be improvedForum TrendsIs free healthcare luxury in China?Is it easy to find an English-teaching job in China?Should the elderly get free bus rides?Is urinating in the pool really all that bad?Is facekini a weird fashion?Top five must-visit destinations for foreignersCan Shanghai method help British kids learn math?ColumnistsScrutinize US air strikes more closelyUK decision shows cracks in govt, or does it?Featured ContributorsStaying close to growth target, despite bleak global prospectsTHAAD – The American white lieStar BloggersWomen are more happier in family life than men: Survey By Women_of_ChinaAmong all the groups, women are most likely to find pleasure in family situations at home, especially those who have higher education and are in good health, according to a national household survey.The unique loanwords in our daily life By zoe_tingIn our daily life, more and more loanwords appear and change our habits in Chinese expression. Loanwords sound very similar with their original English words, and the process of learning them is full of fun to foreign students.Going “home” for the first time in four years By SharkMinnowIt has been a while since Ive contributed to this Forum and I figured that since now I am officially on summer holiday and another school year is behind me I would share a post with you.SpecialFive guidelines for foreigners seeking jobTips for traveling in ChinaSouth China Sea issue…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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