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The Rio Olympics opening ceremonies, in spectacular photos


Here are some of the happenings from the first official night of the Games. "The integration of defense, intelligence and public security tasks, along with the forces of the Rio state government and the municipality, is crucial for the results to continue being positive", said the statement.

Residents of the Mangueira favela or slum, which overlooks the Maracana Stadium where the 2016 Olympic opening ceremony was held, expressed a mix of pride and disappointment as the Games opened in Rio de Janeiro on Friday. "More women watch the Games than men, and for the women, they're less interested in the result and more interested in the journey", John Miller, NBC Olympics chief marketing officer said about a month before the ceremony.

According to Rio's Civil Police Department, a 22-year-old Brazilian named Ronaldo Marques de Souza was assaulting people in the crowd as the 53,000 attendees were being let out of the stadium.

The night of colour, rhythm and samba drew towards a close as Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, who had won the bronze medal at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, lit the Olympic cauldron.

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In a video preceding the show, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the games "celebrate the best of humanity" and appealed for an Olympic truce, calling on "all warring parties to lay down their weapons" during the two weeks of sporting achievement.

The ceremony deviated from its carefully-constructed script within five minutes of the lavish event starting however, when Brazil's acting president Michel Temer was not announced to the crowd. "We have always believed in you", IOC President Thomas Bach said.

DigitalGlobe used satellites located around 600 kilometers from Earth to take photos over the past two years to show how the country prepared two of the key locations for the game, namely Corinthians Arena and Whitewater Stadium.

Loud cheers erupted when Brazil's beloved pioneer of aviation Alberto Santos-Dumont was depicted taking off from the stadium and flying over modern-day Rio.

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With "USA" emblazoned on the back of his jacket, Michael Phelps carried the flag for the US team, the largest with 549 competitors.

On behalf of all 11,288 competitors (6,182 men; 5,106 women), a Brazilian athlete pledged an oath that they won't take banned drugs - a promise likely to ring false to many fans after the scandal of government-orchestrated cheating in Russian Federation. It was unlike Beijing 2008 or London 2012 in regards to pomp and glamour and lavishness, yet the show at the Maracana left its audience feeling fulfilled with a soulful, vibrant and ingenious display of life - the authentic South American life.

But there were big cheers for nations with large immigrant communities in Brazil, such as Italy and Japan, and roars for the more recognisable flag bearers such as Rafa Nadal and Michael Phelps.

Climate change has already had real effects in Brazil, home to 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest.

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The swirl of controversy around housing, polluted water and generally rough times in the Brazilian metropolis dominated the conversation in the run-up to the games, not unlike the Sochi scandals in 2014, but there were few worries of it dampening ratings.

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