POSTED: October 24th 2010

London 2012 Olympic fireworks up for question

Extinction looming for Olympic fireworks? / SYOGOC-Pool
Extinction looming for Olympic fireworks? / SYOGOC-Pool

LAURA WALDEN in Acapulco / Sports Features Communications

ACAPULCO, Oct 24: The possibility that spectacular fireworks displays might banned the opening and closing ceremonies were questioned today at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) meeting with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board.

Sri Lankan NOC head, Hemasiri Fernando, raised the issue if the extravagant fireworks which are such an inherent part of the celebrations could be bad for the environment.

Time back another ceremonial custom came under fire for its negative effect.

In 1988 at the Seoul Olympics the organizers released a number of peace doves to commemorate the Olympic Truce and tragically the birds flew over the cauldron and were killed. Following protests by the world wildlife fund and animal activists the IOC decided to banish releasing peace doves at the ceremonies.

IOC President Jacques Rogge said, “We are going to study this seriously and I am not saying that we are going to eliminate fireworks. But we will look into it.”

The torch ceremony and fireworks extravaganzas have long been an important part of the sparkle and passion of the Olympic Games. One of the trademarks of the Sydney 2000 Olympics was the spectacular explosions over the bridge and the nightly fireworks appointments at Darling Harbour waterside.

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