Canadian National Anthem Sung In Opening Ceremony Of Vancouver Winter Olympics

February 13th, 2010 - 8:52 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
trtVancouver, Feb 13, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The opening ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics was a truly spectacular affair. The flag hosting ceremony was replete with the sounds of Indian drums and dhols. The Canadian National anthem was chanted by over 200 athletes and the team officials also joined in the singing. The weather played the spoilsport with rain and cold air dampening the spirit of the occasion to an extent. However, the Prime minister of Canada was very happy that the odd weather could not dent in the spirit of the athletes and participants in the games.

The Indian Luger team participated in the ceremony without worry as they were given uniform by the Indo-Canadian community of Vancouver. Media personalities like Sushma Dutt arranged for a fundraiser for the team. However, the beginning of the Winter Olympics had a sad part as well. Nodar Kumaritashvili, a Georgian slider got killed while training was going on. His body got thrust against a concrete wall which caused his demise. It affected the joy and enthusiasm of the opening ceremony to an extent and the participants expressed their grief over the sad incident.

The live coverage of the opening ceremony of the 2010 winter Olympics was shown on NBC. As one can expect, a lot of viewers watched the program on the network. Incidentally, this is the first ever Olympic event that is being held indoors which is sort of a record. The cost incurred in holding this Olympic is only second to 2008 Beijing Olympics as per the reports. The Olympic events will be watched by several million viewers all over the world.

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