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Sydney Opera House lights up in green and gold

Despite media reports over the past months of possible difficulties surrounding the games, many are confident the games will be a success. Photograph: (Reuters)

Reuters Sydney, Australia Aug 05, 2016, 11.58 AM (IST)
On the eve of Rio 2016 opening ceremony today, the Sydney Opera House was lit up in Australia's Olympic colours of green and gold with the Olympic rings and national emblem covering the sails of the iconic building.

Despite media reports over the past months of possible difficulties surrounding the games, many are confident the games will be a success.

"I think they've got some great facilities and I know a lot of people are knocking all the problems they've had but, you know what, on the day, I think they'll deliver," said John Beadle from London.

"I'm really looking forward to the opening ceremony and all the different colours of the flags and the different uniforms, they look really cool," said school girl, Charlotte Mowler.

"I think Rio will pull it off and I'm hoping all the best for all the teams and all the countries that are there and it's going to be a wonderful spectacle, and here down in Australia we're going to be watching TV and making sure we watch our home town Canada do the best they can," added Canadian tourist, John Vantol.

The Rio de Janeiro Olympics opening ceremony will be held today. Some $21 million US dollars have been spent on the show, about half of London's outlay four years ago.

(Reuters)
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