World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Images: Moscow '12 Demonstrates Unifying Dimension

MOSCOW 2012 DEMONSTRATES UNIFYING DIMENSION OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES WITH SPECTACULAR RIVER PERFORMANCE

Moscow, 8 May 2005: A fleet of decorated vessels staged a theatrical celebration of the Olympic Games along the banks of the Moscow River today. Called "Olympic River", the huge water performance emphasised the role that the Games have played over the past 60 years in uniting the world.


Click for big version

Held on the sixtieth anniversary of Russia's Victory Day, the river extravaganza consisted of 17 decorated vessels - 15 fitted out to represent the Olympic Host Cities of the past 60 years. The other two ships - the first and last in the procession - attested to Moscow's current bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Click for big version

Spectators along the river embankment opposite the Kremlin saw each vessel appear through the span of the Kremlin Bridge. Music, songs, dances and architectural features unique to each of the 15 previous Host Cities also characterised each vessel.

"It is important that the Olympic Games are seen in the context of the part they have played in helping to promote peace and unifying nations worldwide over the last 60 years," said Alexander Chernov, General Manager of the Moscow 2012 Bid Committee, "if selected as Host City for the 2012 Games, Moscow would have an opportunity to demonstrate this ability and would undoubtedly mark a historic moment in the Olympic movement".

The event was attended by a variety of State, Moscow City and sporting officials as well as many of the hundreds of Olympic champions currently living in Moscow.


Click for big version

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

ALSO:

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC