Rio Olympics 2016 - Opening ceremony

Rio's glittering opening ceremony at the Maracana Olympic Stadium launches 17 days of sporting action in South America's first Olympics

The Maracana Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony as seen from the Mangueira favela.

The Maracana Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony as seen from the Mangueira favela.  (Reuters)

Performers take part in the 2016 Rio Olympics opening ceremony. Brazil has spent more than $10 billion on building new infrastructure and preparing for the Games.

Performers take part in the 2016 Rio Olympics opening ceremony. Brazil has spent more than $10 billion on building new infrastructure and preparing for the Games. (Reuters)

President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee Carlos Arthur Nuzman speaks during opening ceremony, as IOC President Thomas Bach stands by.

President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee Carlos Arthur Nuzman speaks during opening ceremony, as IOC President Thomas Bach stands by. (Reuters)

Refugee Olympic Athletes' team arrives for the opening ceremony.

Refugee Olympic Athletes' team arrives for the opening ceremony.  (Reuters)

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L), IOC President Thomas Bach (C) and Brazil's interim President Michel Temer attend the opening ceremony.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L), IOC President Thomas Bach (C) and Brazil's interim President Michel Temer attend the opening ceremony. (Reuters)

The opening ceremony started with fireworks and laser-lit choreography.

The opening ceremony started with fireworks and laser-lit choreography.
  (Reuters)

Flagbearer Abhinav Bindra (IND) of India leads his contingent during the opening ceremony.

Flagbearer Abhinav Bindra (IND) of India leads his contingent during the opening ceremony.  (Reuters)

Former Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima lit the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony.

Former Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima lit the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony.  (Reuters)