Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony: Commentator makes comic quip at Michael Phelps, India

Commentator on the world feed for the Rio 2016 Olympics made a rather snide but accurate remark at India's expense during the opening ceremony.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 6, 2016 2:26 pm
Rio 2016 Olympics, Rio Olympics, Olympics Opening Ceremony, Michael Phelps, India opening ceremony, india olympics opening ceremony, phelps india, phelps medals olympics, india medals olympics, india rio, sports news, sports Michael Phelps led the US contingent during the Rio 2016 Olympics opening ceremony. (Source: Reuters)

At the Rio 2016 Olympics opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro at the Marcana Stadium, India were led by Abhinav Bindra and a strong 100-plus contingent. Some members had opted to sit out due to a busy day one schedule. The Indian contingent entered the arena at approximately 6.15 AM IST based on the alphabetical order in Portuguese – host nation Brazil’s official language.

On the other hand, normally the much looked forward to contingent of the United States entered much before due to their name of ‘Estados Unidos’ in Portuguese. Swimmer Michael Phelps had the honour of carrying the flag for a 554-member contingent.

Speaking of Phelps, the commentator made an interesting (statistically speaking) yet stinging comment that elicited mixed reactions. “Michael Phelps, 18 gold metals out of 22. He’s got more Olympic golds than countries like India,  Nigeria, Jamaica,” left some marveling Phelps’ achievements with the 31-year-old likely to add to the tally in Rio.

This wasn’t the only “odd” comment by the commentators during the broadcast with tiny Micronesia getting a strong introduction. “We are not going to overlook Micronesia just because the US is up next,” left even most Americans embarrassed.

Question remains, can India overtake Phelps in Brazil?

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  1. S
    Aug 6, 2016 at 1:22 pm
    For TEAM sports like field hockey, 11 GOLD medals should be given to country winner. India as field hockey champion in the past has that way won dozens of medals over the years. Swimming is heavily weighted in olympics - 50m, 100m, 200m etc etc. so one person can win several medals - that is not fair in a;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If we split tennis into: 1 set match, 2 set match, 3 set match..or field hockey into 30 min match, 60 min match etc..dia would have won dozens of;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Anyway comparing one player or country to another was uncalled for.
    1. P
      Pavan K
      Aug 6, 2016 at 9:15 am
      From when olympics has been a place to boast. I have listened to great sport persons and olympic chiefs saying Olympics is a place for humanity to test itself. Everyone who pushes his limits is a champion.We all have anthropological differences which will allow few to have greater advantages than others, but that doesn't matter olympics is a place to celebrate the humanity.
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