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SOCHI, February 07, 23:20 /ITAR-TASS/. The Olympic flag, which is turning a hundred years this year, has been raised over the Fischt stadium to the sounds of the Olympic Hymn sung by renowned Russian opera singer Anna Netrebko and played by the State Symphony Orchestra Novaya Rossiya (New Russia).
Representatives of athletes, judges and coaches took an Olympic oath on behalf of all athletes, judges and coaches.
“On behalf of all athletes I promise to participate in these Olympic Games respecting and observing their rules in the true spirit of sport competition, for the glory of sport and for the honor of our teams,” the athletes’ oath says. The first Olympic oath was given by a Belgian athlete in Antwerp in 1920.
In their oath, Olympic judges pledged to do their job honestly and impartially.
“On behalf of all judges and officials I promise that we will perform our duties at these Olympic Games impartially, respecting and observing their rules and in true sport spirit,” the oath says.
“On behalf of all coaches and other people close to athletes, I promise to behave in a way to support the sport spirit and honest game according to the basic principles of the Olympic movement,” the coaches’ oath says.
The Olympic flag entered the stadium to the sounds of Tchaikovsky’s Coronation March. A modern version of the Olympic Hymn was first sung at the 1896 Olympics. The International Olympic Committee approved it at its 55th session in Tokyo in 1958.