With spectacular lights, floats and flying, Russia kicked off the opening ceremony in SOCHI as the world glued their eyes to the most expensive event (whopping $51 billion). I can believe now, such expenses can only be incurred by countries like Russia and China at the cost of their tax payers unlike democracies like India.
Most of the ceremony focuses heavily on Russian classical music as producers of the ceremony believed in focusing on what Russia is best known for musically around the world rather than boasting a plethora of famous world- known pop performers.
But even Russia faced all such problems which India faced just few days before common wealth games.Yes, there were complaints about poisonous tap water and packs of stray dogs entering unlockable rooms . Everywhere someone doesn’t like the food, someone doesn’t like the hotel, someone thinks the mattress is too hard, etc. Not only this, there were many controversies and concerns like lack of political stability and governance and the safety and human rights of LGBT athletes, supporters and journalists, in light of Russia’s anti-gay laws, which have sparked days of Olympic protests of Russian anti-gay laws.
Even when the ceremony began there was a small glitch ( wardrobe malfunction :p ) when one of the five giant electronic snowflakes failed to transform into an olympic ring.
In spite of all these tiny but not too ignorant flaws, there is a lot Russia has in its store to showcase us, whether it is their immense talent , zest and zeal of their athletes or a true man spirit. Like every hit bollywood masala movie , we hope that this year brings great success to Russia and Sochi Winter Olympics becomes a trademark in the history .