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Olympics 2016 starts in Rio with an amazing ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.

Athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team are in Rio Brazil to compete in 28 sports and be watched by a global audience of billions.

The build-up has been dominated by a Russian doping scandal, the Zika virus and issues with the city's security, infrastructure and venues.

But it is time for the sporting action to take centre stage.

These are the Games of the 31st Olympiad but are the 28th to be held as those in 1916, 1940 and 1944 did not take place because of war.

Rio 2016 will bring a taste of Brazil to host city with a lot of fun from every angle of the city, bet you which you are at Brazil having the best experience of a life time with live all sport actions to great foods and lovely atmosphere.

From food fairs to flashmobs, the best of Brazil’s varied culture will be on display during Rio 2016. While sport will take centre stage, the rest of the city will be buzzing with music, art and street performances as well as a few surprises
The cultural programme, known as Celebra and organised by Rio 2016, complements the line-up put on by Rio’s City Hall to ensure there will be something for everyone during the Games. After its success earlier this year, there will be a food fair outside the Deodoro event zone, where visitors can try typical dishes from around Brazil including the Amazonian soup tacacá and Bahian shrimp and bean patties known as acarajé.

There are plans for flashmobs and street art while Japanese artist Mariko Mori will inaugurate her sculpture of a ring at the head of a waterfall outside of Rio.

“We want to show the longevity of Brazilian culture and not just the contemporaneity,” says Carla Camurati, Rio 2016’s head of culture. “The programme involves a comprehensive record of Brazilian culture, not just those that exist today but a broader tribute to Brazilian culture.”

Ms Camurati said there would be small, spontaneous activities along with larger events like the launch of the official Rio 2016 posters. The posters, which were designed by 13 artists, were on display at the Museum of Tomorrow in the regenerated port region before being moved to Deodoro Park..

The 271 Russian athletes -- out of an original entry list of 389 -- who walked into the stadium were only officially cleared to take part in the Games on Thursday.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport is still deliberating on several appeals from Russians seeking to overturn doping ban

President of the organizing committee Carlos Nuzman delivered an impassioned tribute to Rio and urged Brazilians to embrace the Games.
"Our dream is for the Olympic city to be transformed by the Games," he said. "This marvelous city is the perfect city. Let's live our dream together and stay together when circumstances challenge us.


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