Ninth World Games open in Santiago de Cali, Colombia

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Friday, July 26, 2013

The ninth edition of the World Games opened last night in Cali, Colombia's Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero. At least 4,000 athletes from all over the globe are scheduled to take part in this year's edition, which occurs every four years. About 40,000 people attended the opening ceremony. The event started around 8:10 PM Colombian local time with the parade of nations. The first delegation to enter was Afghanistan, followed by Germany. The last delegation in the parade was the local one, Colombia, which was also the most cheered. The country has the largest delegation in the competition, with France having the second largest.

The ceremony was attended by the Presidents of International World Games Association and International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge and Ron Froelich, and the Vice-President of Colombia, Angelino Garzón. When Garzón apologized for President Juan Manuel Santos not being there, the public exploded in whistles of disapproval.

The opening ceremeony finished with a spectacle of dance and fireworks.

The delegation parade.
Image: Juan Sebastian Quintero Santacruz.
Germany.
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Austria.
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Italy.
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Japan.
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Israel.
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France.
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USA.
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Yellow balloons symbolizing the yellow butterflies in Hundred Years of Solitude.
Image: Juan Sebastian Quintero Santacruz.
Dancing spectacle.
Image: Juan Sebastian Quintero Santacruz.
Dancing spectacle.
Image: Juan Sebastian Quintero Santacruz.



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