I made it a point to stay up late this morning to watch live, the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympic in the resort town of Sochi, Russia. I was expecting something special from the organiser and at exactly 12.27am local time (about 8.00 pm Russian time), the ceremony started and I sat mesmerised during the whole “fairy tale- like event, right up to 3.47am at Astro HD 840. It was spectacular like 08/08 Beijing Summer Olympics opening ceremony in China.
Though there was a technical glitch at the start with one of the five snowflakes failing to open and merge to form the five iconic rings of the Olympic symbol, the rest of the offering was an epic journey of Russian history told through people, technology, light and sound. It showcased Russia’s culture, spectrum of life ranging from its history, dancing (ballet),classical music by the likes of Tchaikovsky (my favourite ), industry, space race, environment, architecture, education and the family : a tour de force.
President Putin sans his wife, was there to declare open the games so was Xi Jinping, President of China and Secretary General of United Nation, Ban Ki Moon.
Despite US President Obama and many Western countries’ leaders staying away from the ceremony seemingly out of protest for Russian anti-gay laws, the ceremony did not lose its serene beauty and the palpable strength of the Russian spirit. Many Russians are reported to swell with pride watching the ceremony.
It was interesting to see the portrayal of scores of couples of opposite sex coming together, tied the knot and later showing them having two babies each and how these babies then grow up to represent the new generation of Russia. Obviously turning up their noses to those in the West and America on the issue of (unnatural and non-productive) same sex marriage ; and that Russia has every right to maintain its traditional family values and to hell with gays.
An amazing show of Russian power and pride. The show ended with bursts of colourful fireworks in the stadium. Besides celebrating an excellence in sports and international cooperation, Russia is also reaffirming the world that it is regaining its former glory as a world power.
After what had happened to Iraq in 2001, the World certainly needs Russia to contribute to multilateralism, balance its political power and keep it more stable and peaceful.
Wishing the people of Russia a successful 22nd Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi.