Friday 2 December 2016

Opening ceremony really shows that Rio can deliver

Even in a sport-saturated world, the Olympics has a strange way of drawing us in, writes Declan Lynch

Published 07/08/2016 | 02:30

Home Turf: Supermodel Gisele Bundchen came out of retirement to walk her final runway at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Home Turf: Supermodel Gisele Bundchen came out of retirement to walk her final runway at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Home Turf: Supermodel Gisele Bundchen came out of retirement to walk her final runway at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

It was a few minutes into the opening ceremony but we were already astonished - the sound quality on the BBC was grossly inferior to that on RTE.

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The BBC folk seemed to be positioned in the back row of the stand, with the kind of recording equipment which they were using to interview Jesse Owens at the Berlin Olympics of 1936, while in the mind's eye George Hamilton sat serenely like Captain Kirk at the bridge, his RTE crew mastering the most futuristic technologies.

The Brazilians, putting to one side the fact that the actual Rain Forest is in a place which can only be described as Brazil, were frightening us with images of countries disappearing under the seas due to the ice-caps melting - but if RTE is killing the BBC on the opening night, it seems that nature has already been overthrown. That Britain after Brexit is already sunk.

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