Tuesday 20 February 2018

Critics stand on ceremony

NOT everyone was completely besotted with Danny Boyle's delightfully bonkers opening ceremony.

Some of Britain's large Punjabi community were upset that a popular bhangra song (if you don't know you're too uncool to ask) called 'Nachna Onda Nei', which had made the musical short list, was never used.

It's by Scottish Punjabi group Tigerstyle, one of the few Asian acts to be recorded live by the late John Peel and this song was popularised particularly when it was used by a dance act in Britain's Got Talent.

Gianni Merlo, the president of the international sports journalists federation, had an even bigger lash at Boyle yesterday in the 'Gazzetta dello Sport'.

What your opening ceremony TV coverage probably didn't show was that Mohammed Ali was transported on and off, for his part in the flag-raising ceremony, by golf-buggy, now clearly ravaged physically by Parkinson's disease.

"The director was cynical, and he used it," Merlo said, pointing out that Ali's role in the opening ceremony in 1996 made people cry for a different reason.

"That image has remained in the history of the Games and this time the indelible image of the Great, the Legend will remain, but for the opposite reason: the horror," he alleged.

"We are not prudes, but we believe that good taste should be part of the Olympic spirit."

Irish Independent

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