Rio Olympics 2016 begin

The 2016 Rio Olympics have begun in Brazil with a stunning opening ceremony. 


Celebrating Brazil’s history and diverse culture, the theme of the night was the need for environmental protection, and each athlete will recieve a seed that will be planted in Brazil during the games.

History was made as these games will be the first to have a team made up of 10 refugees. Previously if refugees competed in the Olympics it was either as part of their new country or as an independent athlete.

Reaction to the ceremony on social media was positive.

The flame was lit by marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro. The Games will run until August 21st.