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Here are two new posts on youtube: From August 7, 1994, the final night of the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia we have two Russian TV broadcasts from Kirov Stadium. The first is the complete exhibition soccer match between the Russian team and the World XI (an all-star squad). The second is the complete Closing Ceremony of the 1994 Goodwill Games which immediately followed the soccer match. This was the best of all of the Goodwill Games ceremonies - opening or closing. ENJOY!

 

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Easily overlooked in the global sports scene with so much going on this year at this very time with the soccer (WWC, Copa America, and CONCACAF Gold Cup), Wimbeldon, MLB at the halfway mark, NBA free agency and the Summer League, F1 and NASCAR, Tour De France all taking up attention. But the 16th Pacific Games just kicked off in Apia, (Western) Samoa with its Opening Ceremony a couple days ago taken from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in 2015. First time since 2007. The official full one is yet to be uploaded on YouTube, but we can expect that in a matter of days. Right now, here's two videos from it in an attempt to make things fuller since some scenes are omitted from both, although the second one is longer and fuller. Seems a little on the basic side of things without the computer technology we now come to expect from the Pacific Games' bigger budgeted and more well-known counterparts:

 

 

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The Pan American Sports Organisation (Pan Am Sports) has activated its new Pan Am Sports Channel on its website. And they have uploaded tons of videos of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. The best part is they have uploaded the complete Toronto 2015 Opening and Closing Ceremonies to the channel in 720p HD with no commentary. Here is the link to the Pan Am Sports Channel. Scroll down to find the ceremonies videos. There doesn't seem to be a way to download them, but at least they are available to watch online.

https://www.panamsportschannel.org/

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OK, this is the full entire version of the 2019 Pacific Games Opening Ceremony in Apia, (Western) Samoa using the official feed. Yet it's cut into two parts for some bizarre reason. What took it so long after this? The Rev. Faulalo Leti, President of the Samoan Methodist Church, really had a long speech by Games standards along with a prayer and a hymn choir. Samoa's PM Va'aletoa Sualauvi II makes a 22-minute long speech while opening these Games, which is very long by any type of Games standards. But like with the Port Moresby one, we certainly see various teams across the Pacific displaying their Haka renditions and showcasing their diversities, all living up to the motto "One In Spirit" in several ways. Worth noting here that on May 15, 2017 the Tongan Prime Minister announced that Tonga, which never hosted these Pacific Games, would withdraw from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games amid concerns the country facing economic difficulties when staging the event. A Tongan Cabinet spokesman, speaking to Kaniva News, noted that Prime Minister Akilisi Pōhiva decided to save the nation from a "costly mistake" when the planned Chinese and Japanese investment and development in their planned and upgraded venues and facilities never arrived. Continues on in the second video until 43:49 starting with the torch inside the stadium and then the broadcast stream heads to the studio co-anchors and the competition (Cook Islands-Fiji women's basketball and Fiji-Tahiti men's soccer):

No full footage of the 2019 NatWest International Island Games Opening Ceremony that happened nearly two months ago yet. So we'll have to settle with individual team delegations marching towards inside Gibraltar's Europa Point Stadium at least for now. Like Team Isle of Wight here:

 

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The 2019 Rabat African Games Opening Ceremony took place Monday, which surely would get lost sometimes in the international sports realm out of Morocco's capital city. Parade of Nations very much started almost immediately. Nations came out to its most notable national artists--great tribute for South Africans marching to the late, great Johnny Clegg and one of his signature songs "Asimbonanga" with Savuka. But the audio from the emcees with the field one and the Olympic Channel feed sportscaster seem to compete against one another in speaking. More accurately, over each other. Obviously that will be confusing to listeners. Quite enjoyable here beyond that. Judo actually got with theirs during the three days before this OC:

And then there was the Indian Ocean Island Games that took place in Port-Louis, Mauritius at the Anjalay Coopen Stadium that took place a month ago and had to deal with a torrential rainfall that delayed the Opening Ceremony for nearly 30 minutes. Show went on as the rain let up significantly. The Comoros Islands fielded a far bigger contingent of athletes than in the All-African Games right now. As you would expect with these Indian Ocean Island area, they're predominately French like Reunion, Comoros, Seychelles, Maldives, Madagascar, and Mayotte. Does add a nice element of the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony with a bicycle rider leading the delegations with a hallmark Mauritian house behind him or her: 

 

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Not an olympic ceremony, but its the opening ceremony of an event called the Asian Culture Carnival, held earlier this year in Beijing's Bird Nest. Massive show as expected from the chinese and maybe a small taste of what's to come for 2022?

 

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