Rio Olympics 2016: Spectacular opening ceremony kickstarts sport's biggest carnival

A glitzy and colourful opening ceremony on Friday night officially threw the Olympic Games open

FP Sports August 06, 2016 10:22:07 IST
Rio Olympics 2016: Spectacular opening ceremony kickstarts sport's biggest carnival
Rio Olympics 2016 Spectacular opening ceremony kickstarts sports biggest carnival

Fireworks explode over the Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony. Getty Images

Rio Olympics 2016 Spectacular opening ceremony kickstarts sports biggest carnival

The Olympic cauldron is lit by Jorge Alderto de Oliveira Gomes in front of the Candelaria church in central Rio de Janeiro. Reuters

Rio Olympics 2016 Spectacular opening ceremony kickstarts sports biggest carnival

Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony. Reuters

Rio Olympics 2016 Spectacular opening ceremony kickstarts sports biggest carnival

A general view of the Maracana stadium. AP

Rio Olympics 2016 Spectacular opening ceremony kickstarts sports biggest carnival

Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics 2016. AP

Rio Olympics 2016 Spectacular opening ceremony kickstarts sports biggest carnival

Former Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima holds the Olympic torch before lighting the cauldron at the opening ceremony. Reuters

Rio Olympics 2016 Spectacular opening ceremony kickstarts sports biggest carnival

Fireworks explode during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium. Getty Images

Rio Olympics 2016 Spectacular opening ceremony kickstarts sports biggest carnival

Athletes carry the Olympic flag during the opening ceremony. Reuters

Rio Olympics 2016 Spectacular opening ceremony kickstarts sports biggest carnival

The Olympic couldron is lit and the 2016 Games are officially underway! Getty Images

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