When is Rio Olympics opening ceremony 2016, what time does it start, live streaming online and live TV coverage

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New Delhi | Updated: August 5, 2016 11:33:59 PM

Rio Olympics opening ceremony 2016: Rio de Janeiro, the former capital of Brazil, is all set to grab the spotlight again, on Friday, when it hosts the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. This makes Brazil the first South American country to host the mega event. The Summer Olympics will see 205 countries, participating in 306 events across as many as 37 venues.

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Rio Olympics opening ceremony 2016: Rio de Janeiro, the former capital of Brazil, is all set to grab the spotlight again, on Friday, when it hosts the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. This makes Brazil the first South American country to host the mega event. The Summer Olympics will see 205 countries, participating in 306 events across as many as 37 venues. These venues will be clustered around four neighbourhoods in the city, namely Barra da Tijuca, the famous Copacabana, Deodoro and the constantly in news Maracana. The excitement is high, the tickets have been sold and all that is being awaited now is the arrival of the Olympic torch. The Olympic flame has been carried by 450 men and women starting with Greece and this has been followed by a massive 12,000 in Brazil, covering a distance of 38,235km. (2235km in Greece and 36,000km in Brazil). The Rio Olympics 2016 will go on for a period of 16 days and come to a closure on August 22 2016.

An important moment at the ceremony will be that of the parade of the athletes. It is an unique moment of pride for the athletes, as the chosen ones, walk into the stadium with the flags of their beloved nation. These athletes walk ahead of the group introducing their country and its athletes into the Olympics. Thousands of athletes dream for years and practice for more, just to represent their countries in the Olympics. And when they get to bear the national flag at the grandest sporting event in history, it only shows the years of hard work they have committed to and the accomplishments they have achieved. Abhinav Bindra will be India’s flag year in what will be his fifth Olympics for the country.

An important moment at the ceremony will be that of the parade of the athletes. It is an unique moment of pride for the athletes, as the chosen ones, walk into the stadium with the flags of their beloved country. These athletes walk ahead of the group introducing their country and its athletes into the Olympics. Thousands of athletes dream for years and practice for many m ore, just to represent their countries in the Olympics. And when they get to bear the national flag at the grandest sporting event in history, it only shows the years of hard work they have committed to and the accomplishments they have achieved. Abhinav Bindra will be India’s flag year in what will be his fifth Olympics for the country.

The spectacular event is expected to pack in a short span of time the flamboyant Brazilian spirit as the festivities are kicked off when the torch lights the cauldron on the Thursday night of August 5, 2016. The carnival spirit is expected to deliver one of the most iconic ceremonies of all time to start the most iconic sports event in history. Tens of thousands of people will watch the opening ceremony in the stadium while hundreds of millions will be glued to their TVs. The opening ceremony promises to be the best seen in Olympics history. Maybe not the grandiosity of Beijing, the special effects of Athens or the eccentricity of London, but the Brazilians surely know how to liven up the ‘moment’. The ceremony will not be about how great the nation is, but how great it can become. The ceremony will be about hope, for prosperity and a better future.
As the Olympics begin in a few hours time and you wind yourself up to watch the spectacular show, here is what you need to know:

1) When is Rio Olympics opening ceremony 2016?

The Rio Olympics opening ceremony 2016 starts on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Maracana stadium, in the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The identity of the final torch-bearer has been kept a secret, but there are hints that this may well be an iconic soccer star.

2) What time does Rio Olympics opening ceremony 2016?

The Rio Olympics opening ceremony 2016 starts at 21:00 (GMT). Indian clocks will be striking 04:30 a.m. (IST) during the same time (in India it will be August 6). The ceremony ends at 2:00 (GMT) and 07:30 a.m (IST).

3) Which TV channel will do the live broadcast of Rio Olympics opening ceremony 2016?

Star Sports is going to do the live broadcast of Rio Olympics opening ceremony 2016. This is the only Indian network covering the mega event and all its 8 channels including Star Sports 1, 2, 3, 4 will be carrying it. The high definition channels of these broadcasters will also live telecast the event.

4) How do I watch online live streaming of Rio Olympics opening ceremony 2016?

You can watch the live streaming on Star sports by logging onto Star TV network’s Starsports.com and its streaming host, hotstar.com. The ceremony will be streamed live from the Maracanã stadium, in Rio de Janeiro.

5) Who is the flag bearer from India in Rio Olympics opening ceremony 2016?

Abhinav Bindra is going to bear the Indian flag. Bindra is India’s first Olympic Gold Medalist, which he won in the shooting event at Beijing. This will be Bindra’s last Olympics. He is again a strong contender for a gold at the mega event and will lead the Indian contingent into the Olympics arena.

6) What are the details of Indian contingent in Rio Olympics opening ceremony 2016?

There are 100+ athletes sent by India. This is the largest contingent sent by the country to the Olympics. This contingent includes medal winners from previous Olympics, such as Abhinav Bindra, Leander Paes and Saina Nehwal. Also in the contingent are strong medal contenders like tennis ace Sania Mirza. This Olympics may also see the Indian Hockey team posing a stiff challenge to the favourites and may well manage a podium finish – this will come after decades of trying. In gymnastics, Dipa Karmakar carries the Indian hopes of a medal finish. This contingent is hopeful of bagging more medals than any other Indian team in history.

7) What is the dress code for the Indian contingent at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony 2016 ?

The Indian women will don sarees representing the Tricolour. The men may wear a bandh gala in ivory, with the Tricolor displayed across the chest, along with sporty looking Jodhpurs.

8) What is India’s schedule in Rio Olympics 2016 on Day 1 Saturday?

The Indian contingent’s schedule in the Rio Olympics on Saturday goes like this:
MEN’S HOCKEY: (19:30 IST): India versus Ireland;
ROWING: (17:00 IST): Men’s Single Sculls (Dattu Bhokanal Single);
SHOOTING (17:00 IST): 10m Air Pistol: (Jitu Rai, Gurpreet Singh)
SHOOTING (17:00 IST): 10m Air Rifle: (Apurvi Chandela, Ayonika Paul)
TABLE TENNIS (17:30 IST): Men’s Singles (Achantha Sharath Kamal, Soumyajit Ghosh) Women: (Manika Batra, Mouma Das)
TENNIS (23:00 IST): Men’s Doubles: Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna
Women’s Doubles: Sania Mirza, Prarthana Thombare
WEIGHTLIFTING (03:30 IST Aug 7) Women: Saikhom Mirabi Chanu 48 kg.

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