Chris: We're live from the Samsung Tower covering the opening ceremonies of the 10th Simlympiad in Hinawa. Good evening, my name is Chris Siere here with my co-host Amy Mam.
Amy: Welcome, we're glad to have you with us. The opening ceremonies will begin shortly at the Hinawa Dome, let's have a closer look:
Chris: The roof is starting to open as the first guests take their seats. I think I see some of the state guests up front.
Amy: That's right Chris. I've been told the state visitors are getting exclusive front row seats to watch the ceremonies. They have just returned from a dinner at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted by the emperor himself.
Chris: I heard the ISC president really enjoyed the pork ribs at the dinner. If only we had such delicious food at our SBN conferences...
Amy: Very true Chris. I also heard that city staff handed out free hotdogs to the hungry crowds waiting in Mizamotto. The planning committee has been trying very hard to make the games pleasant for everyone in the city.
Chris: That's very smart of them, free food certainly keeps a crowd controlled.
Amy: Of course! Speaking of crowds, let's take a look at a shot of the Simlympic Torch Park from earlier tonight. Lots of people are expected to watch the torch lighting ceremonies there:
Amy: The plaza is replacing the SR Arena, an old venue that was taking up space in the village. Ten pathways lead to the central plaza holding the ceremonial torch. Organizers have been busy getting the area ready; new trees have been planted and TV screens have been put up.
Chris: They've done a great job Amy! Over in Kubo, a new water taxi service was added to take commuters between the district and the harbor islands. We also see advertising put up in the new Simfox Center.
Amy: Even the Hinawa Museum is supporting the games! The city has never looked better!
Chris: Indeed, all the preparations seem to have worked well for the city. Let's head to the central train station where we're getting word the Simlympic Torch has arrived:
Amy: The torch is making its way off the station to greet crowds nearby. The streets have been closed off and it'll be escorted on its last leg to the Simlympic Torch Plaza.
Chris: That's right Amy. Security has been tightened to make sure the pie throwing incident from last September doesn't occur again.
Amy: A good call on the city police's part, that one took quite a bit of cleaning. As the torch makes its final journey from the station, the countdown is starting over at the stadium:
Hinawa mayor, Mr. Yu: Greetings ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the opening ceremonies of the 10th Simlympiad! I'm glad to have you all with us on this very special occasion. Thanks to the help of the ISC and the Hinawa Planning Committee overseeing the project, we are proud to introduce the city for the July Simlympic Games. We wouldn't be here today without the numerous hours put in by ISC and city officials. We hope you enjoy your time with us during the games and please give the International Simlympic Committee president, Slacker, a warm welcome!
ISC President: Thank you for having me here tonight Seto!
I'd like to start by saying what a wonderful opening ceremony we've had so far, and I'm sure the best is yet to come. A huge congratulations is owed to the organising committee for putting on such a spectacle.
The organising committee should also be congratulated for the wonderful way they have handled the preparations for the 10th Simlympiad. Immediately after Hinawa was declared host, discussions between the organising committee and the ISC began in earnest, and the Hinawa organising committee has worked tirelessly since then to ensure the Hinawa and Seto were ready to welcome the World; and I think we can all agree they have more than accomplished that goal, so thank you!
This evening marks a very special occasion for the Simlympic movement; the beginning of the 10th Simlympics. What began as a dream in August 2006 has over the space of 3 short years developed into the biggest Sim City sport event the World has ever seen. This was not down to the work of the ISC, it is down to you. Each and every one of you which is here tonight to bear witness to this historic event. Without you, there would be no games, there would be no medals and there would be no Hinawa '09. We therefore owe a debt of gratitude to each and every one of you.
I hope you enjoy the next two weeks of the finest sport our planet has to offer, taking place in one of the finest cities ever to host the Simlympics.
Thank you and enjoy the games!
Loudspeaker: Ladies and gentlemen, please stand for raising of the Simlympic, Setonese and New Rhodesian flags.
Amy: After the speech, the flag-raising ceremony starts with the Simlympic anthem and flag raising.
Amy: It is followed by Seto's flag raising and anthem, performed by pianist George Winston.
Amy: Next comes New Rhodesia's anthem and flag raising.
Chris: The ceremony ends with representatives standing in front of the flags.
Amy: The three flags are now proudly displayed at the stadium.
Loudspeaker: We will now introduce competing nations to begin the parade of nations. It will begin with New Rhodesia, first Simlympic host (not competing), and end with Seto, the current host:
Chris: A great start! As celebration in the stadium continues, we're getting word the Simlympic Torch has arrived at the plaza:
Amy: It looks like crowds have gathered on the lawn to see the final leg of the torch relay.
Chris: It appears so Amy. Like we mentioned earlier, city officials have been busy getting the plaza ready for tonight's ceremonies. The entrances have been kept clear for the flame, but officials helping out with the ceremony were allowed on the pathways to watch the torch lighting ceremony. The stadium has a live feed of the events, as do millions watching at home.
Amy: Let's just hope nobody steps on the newly planted flowers! All eyes are on athlete Han Oiha, one of Seto's best soccer players, as he delivers the Simlympic Flame.
Chris: That's correct. Han is heading to the underground plaza where he will put the Simlympic Torch so it can make its way up to the top.
Amy: As the flame rises up, a fireball seems to have been created. It begins throwing light beams in 'X' shaped patterns. Very interesting!
Chris: Interesting indeed Amy, quite the way to celebrate the 10th Simlympiad!
Chris: Wow! The ball of fire has exploded to become a massive flame! The crowds are going crazy with excitement! The Simlympic flame has finally completed the long road to Hinawa!
Amy: A very special moment for Hinawa and Seto tonight as the torch completes its long journey around the world to the plaza here at the Sports Village.
Chris: Now that the flame has arrived, let's listen in on the final oath ceremonies conducted by the emperor:
Emperor: Good evening my friends, we are pleased to have you here with us.
It is our prime concern the games are treated with fairness and respect. To ensure this, we will start with our oath ceremonies. Please welcome our Grand Judge.
Please raise your right hand and repeat the following:
In the name of all judges I promise that we shall officiate with complete impartiality respecting and o biding by the rules which govern in the true spirit of sportsmanship.
Grand Judge: In the name of all judges I promise that we shall officiate with complete impartiality respecting and o biding by the rules which govern in the true spirit of sportsmanship.
Emperor: Thank you. Now for the athletes oath, please welcome Mr. William Jun.
Mr. Jun, please raise your right hand and repeat the following:
In the name of all competitors I promise that we shall compete in these games respecting and o biding by the rules which govern in the spirit of sportsmanship.
Mr. Jun: In the name of all competitors I promise that we shall compete in these games respecting and o biding by the rules which govern in the spirit of sportsmanship.
Emperor: Thank you both, but most importantly, thank you all. It all started in New Rhodesia, the games visited New Dunstonville, Avery, Nyhaven, Payens, Windsor Park, Penthesili, Ylmeria, and Tourist City. We are now very happy to announce the games of the 10th Simlympiad in Hinawa open: Let the games begin!!!
With the opening of the games, that'll do it for the opening ceremonies, but wait...the night is still young!
The Simlympic Concert Extravaganza will be starting shortly at the Imperial Gardens, featuring a ten day long celebration with nightly concerts. Performers range from Coldplay to Lady Gaga; make sure to check it out as proceeds will be donated to sponsored charities.
If that doesn't keep you busy, the after parties and celebrations are sure to last until the early hours of the morning!
From Hinawa, Seto, I hope you enjoyed the opening ceremonies of the 10th Simlympiad.