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SBD Global/June 13, 2014/World Cup
Poor TV Sound Quality Dampens World Cup Opening Ceremony Featuring Pitbull, Lopez
Published June 13, 2014
WHEN DOVES CRY: The AAP reported three doves "were released by children at a lavish opening ceremony." The doves flew "as protests raged elsewhere in Brazil's largest city." The "futuristic scene" came as the host nation "sought to cast side its oft-used mocking slogan: Brazil is a country of the future, and always will be." The ceremony was held in the 62,600-capacity stadium before guests, including Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and "embattled" FIFA President Sepp Blatter. More than 600 artists, including acrobatic gymnasts, trampolinists, marshal arts-style capoeira performers and stilt walkers "also featured in a homage to Brazil's three great treasures: nature, people football." The center of the show was a giant LED ball made up of more than 90,000 light clusters -- one of the "few large-scale technical wonders in the event as organisers were ordered to avoid placing a strain on the pitch where Brazil and Croatia face off 75 minutes after the ceremony" (AAP, 6/13).