Let the World Video games Berlin 2023 Begin!


A tunnel is full of delegations entering the stadium as they walk under a huge sculpture of colorful hands creating a heart shape.

Delegations enter Berlin’s iconic Olympiastadion through the Parade of Athletes on the Opening Ceremony of Particular Olympics World Video games Berlin 2023.

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The Particular Olympics World Video games Berlin 2023 have formally begun with the Opening Ceremony held on 17 June 2023. Every World Video games host metropolis has a novel means of kicking off probably the most inclusive sporting occasion of the yr and Berlin wove their theme #UnbeatableTogether although each side of the ceremony.

On the historic Olympiastadion, 176 delegations took half within the Parade of Athletes. Athlete representatives from every nation introduced water from their dwelling nation to pour into a typical pool in the midst of the stage to symbolize “Unity” the identify of heart-shaped mascot. Strolling near the tip of the Parade was the delegation from Ukraine who entered the stadium to a standing ovation.

In line with the Opening Ceremony theme, Particular Olympics Board Chairman Timothy Shriver walked in with the delegation from South Sudan to assist the athletes from nations dealing with fragile sociopolitical climates. On stage, Mr. Shriver celebrated the present second when athletes, coaches, officers, volunteers and supporters might come collectively after a world pandemic and honor the spirit of the Video games. He stated, “Few issues are extra inhumane than people being separated from different human beings.

Timothy Shriver stands with the outgoing class of Sargent Shriver International Global Messengers.

Timothy Shriver stands with the outgoing class of Sargent Shriver Worldwide World Messengers.

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The outgoing class of Sargent Shriver Worldwide World Messengers (SSIGMs) took the chance to each entertain and uplift the gang. SSIGM Hanna Pleasure Atkinson and NBA legend Dirk Nowitzki launched the talking portion of the night. SSIGM Emmanuelle Dutra Fernandes de Souza’s phrases reminded everybody that “we have to present the world that individuals with disabilities deserve the identical rights as everybody else.” 

The Flame of Hope that traveled from Athens from Berlin by members of the Regulation Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) was introduced into the stadium by Torch Runner Arthur Huizer, an officer from the Netherlands and Particular Olympics USA athlete Lewis Fancher. They handed it off to a relay comprised of the seven athletes and Unified pairs from every of the seven Particular Olympics Areas. The final leg was run by Particular Olympics Germany athlete Sophie Rensmann who lit the cauldron. The Video games had been introduced as formally open by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

German athlete Sopie Rensmann holds torch as cauldron is lit.

Particular Olympics Germany athlete Sophie Rensmann lights the flame on the Berlin 2023 Opening Ceremony.

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Viewers members, whether or not within the stands or watching from dwelling, had been invited to be taught the official Video games tune and dance carried out by Norwegian rap duo Madcon. The tune “Are You Prepared” received 50,000 spectators on their ft. Different performers included singer/songwriter and Particular Olympics World Ambassador Erika Ender singing the tune “Everybody Issues” that she wrote particularly for Particular Olympics athletes. Followers had been handled to a finale that includes the Blue Man Group that culminated with a lightweight present and fireworks.

Within the largest Particular Olympics Opening Video games broadcast in historical past, the three-hour ceremony was televised by ESPN on ABC in america whereas 11 media companions in Germany joined in a historic alliance to distribute it in German-speaking markets. Wanting ahead to the 9 days of competitors, EBU/Eurovision Sport, DAZN, Story 10, and others will take part offering World Video games protection to over 200 territories. Study extra concerning the broadcast protection right here.


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