A few hours from now, more than a billion viewers across the world will be glued to the live telecast of a spectacular opening ceremony that will mark the official opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Londoners who did not sound very enthusiastic about the Games till a few days ago lined the streets in their tens of thousands to cheer the Olympic Torch in its journey through the city, and the flame was accompanied outside Buckingham Palace by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
After the opening ceremony, east London is expected to become a familiar venue to people across the world who will watch the spectacle on their television sets.
London Mayor Boris Johnson, speaking to a television channel, said he thought it was sensational. He added that everything had changed in the last couple of days and everything had come together. He remarked that the same people who had appeared hostile and sceptical about the Games had suddenly been infected by the bug of enthusiasm and were enjoying it.
However, the organisers have kept the whole issue of who would be given the honour of lighting the Olympic flame under wraps, as also the exact details of the opening ceremony that is expected to cost £27m. David Beckham, Daley Thomson, Sir Roger Bannister, Sir Steve Redgrave and the Queen have all been named as possible candidates but the organisers have opted not to tell.
Visitors to the Olympic Park appear to have been instantly infected by the bug of anticipation. people living in the vicinity have revealed a sense of pride at being near the heart of the whole thing. East London has transformed magically in the last seven years with what was industrial wasteland now a festival venue with world class sport facilities.
Despite the opening rounds of some events having begun already, the opening ceremony, which is the brain child of film director Danny Boyle, will be looked forward to by the athletes of the participating countries who will get the opportunity to announce their nation’s arrival at the Games.
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