World media praise Rio Olympics ceremony

Many focus on the impressively colourful display used to highlight Brazil’s history, culture and natural beauty.

The Washington Post also emphasises the “high appeal” of the ceremony, despite the “gutted budget” the organisers had to work with.

And the Wall Street Journal hails the “flair” that marked the opening ceremony, even though this was “less grandiose” than the ones staged for recent Games in Beijing and London.

In the Russian media, there is applause for what Brazil has managed to achieve on such a limited budget.

The R-Sport news agency declares that Brazil has found “Happiness from poverty”, while the news website Lenta.ru says that though the opening ceremony was modest compared to those for previous Games, “it was imbued with a carnival atmosphere and a Brazilian flair”.

In Brazil itself, the media expresses its pride in the way in which the opening ceremony was handled.

O Globo hails the sheer beauty of the event, while the Veja news magazine says the ceremony “showcased a modern, confident and colourful country”.

A more sombre political note is sounded by the Folha de S. Paulo website, which notes that the ceremony engaged with social causes and was an uncomfortable experience for Brazil’s interim president, Michel Temer, who was booed by some in the crowd as he declared the Games open.

Elsewhere in Latin America, there is also considerable excitement over the event.

Argentina’s La Nacion highlights an “emotional opening ceremony”, while Colombia’s El Espectador focuses on the colourfulness of the event and singles out one of its main themes: concern for environmental issues.


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