Taekwondo at Opening Ceremony of London 2012 Olympic Games
The opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad, the London 2012 Olympic Games, took place on July 27th at the Stratford Olympic Stadium.
Taekwondo was significantly present at this opening ceremony, where 11 countries were represented by Taekwondo athletes and the Olympic athletes oath was taken by British Taekwondo athlete Sarah Stevenson.
World champion Sarah Stevenson (-67kg) debuted in Sydney 2000, where she got the fourth place, and participated in Athens 2004. She achieved her first Olympic medal in Beijing 2008, where she got a bronze medal after a judging error was reversed. She is considered as the most successful British Taekwondo athlete.
The first Taekwondo athlete entering the Olympic Stadium with his national flag was Alexandros Nikolaidis (+80kg) from Greece, who has two Olympic silver medals from Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.
▲ Alexandros Nikolaidis (+80kg) from Greece
He was followed by Nesar Ahmad Bahawi (-80kg) from Afghanistan, Arman Yeremyan (-80kg) from Armenia , Davin Sorn (+67kg) from Cambodia, Patrick Boui (-68kg) from Central African Republic, Gabriel Mercedes (-58kg) from Dominican Republic, Nadin Dawani (+67kg) from Jordania, Andrea Paoli (-57kg) from Lebanon, Maria del Rosario Espinoza (+67kg) from Mexico, Wiam Dislam (+67kg) from Morocco and Tameem Al-Kubati (-58kg) from Yemen.
▲ Nesar Ahmad Bahawi (-80kg) from Afghanistan
▲ Arman Yeremian (-80kg) from Armenia
▲ Davin Sorn (+67kg) from Cambodia
▲ Patrick Boui (-68kg) from Central African Republic
▲ Gabriel Mercedes (-58kg) from Dominican Republic
▲ Nadin Dawani (+67kg) from Jordan
▲ María del Rosario Espinoza (+67kg) from Mexico
General Ahmed Fouly, President of the African Taekwondo Union, was also seen at the front of the Egyptian Olympic Team.
▲ General Ahmed Fouly, President of the African Taekwondo Union, at the front of the Egyptian Olympic Team.
Such presence of Taekwondo at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games could imply a bright and hopeful future of Taekwondo as an Olympic and global sport.[:]