Otvorene XXX ljetnje Olimpijske igre

Ljetnje igre XXX Olimpijade zvanično su otvorene u Londonu.

Svečanost je počela u 22h po našem, a pod nazivom “Ostrvo čuda” oslikalo je bogatu istoriju Velike Britanije.

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Britanci su se potrudili da u sat i po programa obuhvate sve, od industrijske i socijalne revolucije, preko ratova i književnosti, do popularne kulture, filma i muzike. Posle toga usledio je defile, a čitav program potrajao je skoro do 2 posle ponoći po našem.

Milijardu ljudi bilo je uz svoje televizore, a 62 hiljade na stadionu tokom ceremonije.

Takmičenja na Igrama počela su još u sredu, igrani su mečevi na oba fudbalska turnira, a u petak su održane kvalifikacije u streličarstvu, tokom kojih su pali prvi svetski rekordi.

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  1. I am always amazed when I hear people saying that sport creates good will between the nations, and that if only the common peoples of the world could meet one another at football or cricket, they would have no inclination to meet on the battlefield. Even if one didn't know from concrete examples (the 1936 Olympic Games, for instance) that international sporting contests lead to orgies of hatred, one could deduce it from general principles.
    Nearly all the sports practised nowadays are competitive. You play to win, and the game has little meaning unless you do your most to win. On the village green, where you pick up sides and no feeling and local patriotism is involved, it is possible to play simply for the fun and exercise: but as soon as the question of prestige arises, as soon as you feel that you and some larger unit will be disgraced if you lose, the most savage combative instincts are aroused.
    At the international level sport is frankly mimic warfare. But the significant thing is not the behaviour of the players but the attitude of the spectators: and, behind the spectators, of the nations who work themselves into furies over these absurd contests, and seriously believe -at any rate for short periods- that running, jumping and kicking a ball are tests of national virtue. – George Orwell

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