Over 10,000 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are taking part in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games (or London 2012), scheduled to take place in London, United Kingdom, from 27 July (when the opening ceremony is held) until 12 August 2012.
The first event, the group stages in women’s football, began two days earlier on 25 July.
“The Isles of Wonder”—the Opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics—will be celebrated today.
Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle will be the artistic director for the opening ceremony and the music directors will be Rick Smith and Karl Hyde of the electronic music duo Underworld.
The games will be officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. A short film starring Daniel Craig as secret agent James Bond will be screened during the television coverage of the ceremony. Sir Paul McCartney has announced he will perform at the end of the ceremony.
Meanwhile, Google has doodled a cartoon on its homepage and showcased some of the more prominent sports at the Olympics.