LONDON (Sporting Alert) — The 2012 London Olympic Games will officially open its doors on Friday with what is expected to be a very colourful opening ceremony.
The Games began earlier this week with rounds of the women’s and men’s soccer on Wednesday and Thursday, but will take a break Friday to officially kick-start the championships in the Olympic Stadium.
The opening ceremony will be televised live Friday evening on NBC, starting at 7:30 p.m. EST with a number of super stars leading their team out.
Representatives from over 200 countries, involving in several different sports, will parade in the celebrations.
Triple Olympic Games champion Usain Bolt will has been chosen to carry the flag for Jamaica before going back to prepare himself to defend his crowns.
“I can tell you that our flag bearer will be the honorable, doctor Usain Bolt,” JOA president Mike Fennell said at the start of a news conference for the Jamaica team.
Bolt said it is an honour to be selected to carry his country’s flag – adding that he loves Jamaica and would do anything he can for his country.
Meanwhile, basketball star Lauren Jackson player will carry the Australian flag at the opening ceremony and nation believe she’s the ideal choice.
“Jackson is an inspiration to all our team,” Australia’s delegation leader Nick Green said Thursday.
“There is no one better to lead our team as we attempt to mix it with the superpowers of sport here in London.”
Others of note are Caster Semenya, who will carry South Africa’s flag, while cycling star Sir Chris Hoy has been selected to carrying the flag for Team GB, two-time Olympic fencing champion Mariel Zagunis will carry the U.S. flag.
Switzerland tennis superstar Roger Federer, who carried the flag for the nation at the Beijing and Athens Olympics, has declined the offer to take it a third time and says it is important to give someone else a chance.
His doubles partner, Stan Wawrinka, will replace him.