Marz AkapitoTeam Press Attaché
London (July 29, 2012): The FSM Team at the London Olympics took part in the Opening Ceremony, joining the 203 nations in the “Parade of Nations” which have converged in London for the world’s biggest and prestigious quadrennial sport competitions.
Along with 203 other teams, FSM was treated with a British-fashion welcome that also featured a number of celebrities including James Bond, Mohamed Ali, Mr. Bean and The Beatles in an unforgettable moment that was blessed with the presence of Queen Elizabeth II who declared the London Olympics open after brief welcome remarks by Lord Sebastian Coe, President of the Local Organizing Committee, and Mr. Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee.
At the pinnacle of the ceremony, seven young sportsmen and sportswomen initiated the lighting of the 204 cobber petals that are combined to form a big cauldron of flame, signifying the spirit of the Olympics.
The fact that the Queen declared the games and stayed throughout the elegant display that went past mid-night, and having the young athletes to light the flame that will remain lid for the duration of this event further highlighted the motto and message of this Olympics, “inspire a generation”. The FSM athletes spoke very favorably of the event with anticipation, calling it a precious memory that words cannot fully explain.