The Games of the XXX Olympiad popularly known as the 2012 Summer Olympic Games is scheduled to be held in London, United Kingdom from 27th July to 12th August 2012.
Opening Ceremony is the most important part of the games. It provides an opportunity to the host nation to express and showcase it's talent in front of the world. The artistic performances and the creative aspect of the ceremony are being taken care by the Danny Boyle (Artistic Director) and his team. Certain fundamental guidelines have been defined by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding what needs to be included as part of the opening ceremony.
- Receiving the Head of State of the Host Country
The Head of State of the host country is received at the entrance of the stadium by the President of the IOC and by the President of the Organising Committee (OCOG).
- The parade of the participants
The parade of the participants then follows. Each delegation must be preceded by a nameboard bearing its name and must be accompanied by its flag. The delegations parade in alphabetical order according to the language of the host country, except for Greece, which leads the parade, and for the host country, which brings up the rear.
- The speech by the President of the Organising Committee
The President of the OCOG gives an address, then adds these words: "I have the honour of inviting ..., President of the International Olympic Committee, to speak."
- The speech by the IOC President
The President of the IOC then gives a speech which he ends with, "I have the honour of inviting ... (the Head of State) to proclaim open the Games of the Olympiad of the modern era."
- The Head of State declares the Games open
The Head of State proclaims the Games open by saying: "I declare open the Games of ... (name of City) celebrating the ... Olympiad of the modern era."
- The playing of the Olympic Anthem and the entry and raising of the Olympic Flag
While the Olympic anthem is being played, the Olympic flag, unfurled horizontally, is brought into the stadium and hoisted on the flagpole erected in the arena.
- The last stage of the Olympic Torch relay and the lighting of the Olympic cauldron
The Olympic torch is brought into the stadium by runners relaying each other. The last runner lights the Olympic cauldron. The Olympic Flame shall not be extinguished until the closing of the Olympic Games.
- The symbolic release of the pigeons
- The taking of the oath by a competitor
The flag bearers of all the delegations form a semicircle around the rostrum. A competitor of the host country mounts the rostrum. Holding a corner of the Olympic flag in his left hand, and raising his right hand, he takes the following solemn oath: "In the name of all the competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams".
- The taking of the oath by a judge
Immediately afterwards, a judge from the host country mounts the rostrum and, in the same manner, takes the following oath: "In the name of all the judges and officials, I promise that we shall officiate in these Olympic Games with complete impartiality, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship."
- The national anthem of the host country
The national anthem of the host country is then played.
- The artistic programme
This is followed by the artistic programme designed and developed by the organising committee for the opening ceremony.
Opening Ceremony Performances
Inspite of all the efforts taken to keep the information about the performances under wraps by the director Danny Boyle and his team it has been confirmed that opening ceremony song would consist of a medley and A R Rahman's punjabi track would be part of it. Survival a song by the British band "Muse" has been chosen as the official song which would be played all through the Olympics starting from the opening ceremony.
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