Opening ceremony cheers for Taiwan, Iraq teams

Clive Rose/Getty Images Opening ceremony update: Taiwan, classed as a breakaway province by China’s rulers, were given a rapturous welcome when their 24 competitors filed through with softball player Lai Sheng-Jung at the head. […] Iraq’s five-strong delegation received a huge roar after their 11th-hour inclusion at the Games. Their participation had been in doubt ...

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Opening ceremony update:

Taiwan, classed as a breakaway province by China's rulers, were given a rapturous welcome when their 24 competitors filed through with softball player Lai Sheng-Jung at the head. [...]

Clive Rose/Getty Images

Opening ceremony update:

Taiwan, classed as a breakaway province by China’s rulers, were given a rapturous welcome when their 24 competitors filed through with softball player Lai Sheng-Jung at the head. […]

Iraq’s five-strong delegation received a huge roar after their 11th-hour inclusion at the Games. Their participation had been in doubt up over political interference in the running of the Iraqi National Olympic Committee.

It doesn’t sound like Sudanese-American runner Lopez Lomong, the U.S. flag bearer, drew loud applause. [UPDATE: Actually, the U.S. delegation did get big applause.]

(Hat tip: Drudge)

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