The recently-created team of global refugees marched under the flag of the Olympics in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Games held at the Maracana Stadium in Brazil on Friday, August 5 (Saturday morning, Manila time). "In this Olympic world we welcome you as an enrichment to our Unity in Diversity".
Brazilian singer Paulinho da Viola sang the national anthem to set off the show of laser lights and elaborate dances highlighting Brazil's history and rise as an emerging power.
Although I keep up with athletes in Olympic sports in non-Olympic years, the wait between Games always seems agonizingly long.
Brazil is also in the middle of a deep recession and has had to keep spending on its Olympics in check.
Gymnastics, meanwhile, could unearth a new heroine in America's teenage star Simone Biles, while rugby and golf return to the Olympic programme after gaps of 92 years and 112 years respectively.
The 41-strong Hong Kong delegation, led at the opening ceremony by swimmer Stephanie Au Hoi-shun, comprises 22 athletes and 19 officials.
Rio Olympics Swimming: Russia's Yulia Efimova competes in a women's 100-breaststroke heat during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The sound of fireworks drowned out the sound of massive boos from the audience when interim Brazilian President Michel Temer declared the games open.
The crowd roared when Bundchen sashayed from one side of the 78,000-seat arena to the other, as Antonio Carlos Jobim's grandson, Daniel, played his grandfather's famous song about the Ipanema girl "tall and tan and young and lovely". Fewer heads of state are expected than usual because of Brazil's current political crisis.
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Prior to the 11,000-plus athletes parading into the stadium, it was revealed each of them would plant a seed that would form a forest at Radical Park in Deodoro, containing a different species for each of the 207 competing nations.
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While Phelps could be seen waving the flag slightly as he walked into the stadium, it's not known what he was doing the exact moment he walked by the Brazilian flag.
With much lesser use of high-tech than the one displayed in Beijing (2008) and London (2012), Rio depended more of its own talents and Brazils Carnival party.
Instead, that honor went to Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, a Brazilian former marathoner who won a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
With the Olympics in full swing, beleaguered Brazil is smiling again.
At the Sochi Games in 2014, Brazil sent its biggest delegation ever to the Winter Games: 13 athletes.
Even the most enthusiastic spectators in the bar - two friends who'd come up from Sao Paulo for the Games - had mixed feelings.