At the Games ceremonies, the Olympic values are expressed to full effect and make the Games an exceptional event that stands out from other sports meetings: Universality, Peace, Respect, Fraternity, Diversity.
DIVERSITY: The opening ceremonies kick off with the key people – the athletes! Gathered together behind their country’s flag, over 200 delegations march into the stadium.
UNIVERSALITY: Once the head of state has proclaimed the Games open, the Olympic Anthem is performed and the Olympic flag makes its entry.
FRATERNITY: The arrival of the flame and the lighting of the cauldron are highly symbolic moments. The flame marks the link with the origins of the Ancient Games.
PEACE: A symbolic release of doves calls for the peaceful running of the Games.
RESPECT: On behalf of all the participants, an athlete takes an oath and promises to compete cleanly, respecting all of the rules.
FRIENDSHIP: The Olympic Village, where the athletes live during the Games, is a celebration of the world’s cultures and openness to others.