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

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.

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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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