Mountain View, California: With just hours to go before the big party that London and the rest of the world has been waiting for, Internet giant Google joined the celebration with a London Olympics 2012 Doodle.
The Google Olympics opening ceremony Doodle depicts five athletes on the track holding the letters of the Google logo. The Olympic disciplines portrayed in the Doodle are football, swimming, running/jumping, javelin throw, fencing and basketball.
The world's biggest sporting extravaganza will officially begin with a grand opening in London at 9.00 PM GMT (1.30 PM IST).
The Olympic Opening Ceremony entitled, "Isles of Wonder" will kick off with the ringing of the largest harmonically tuned bell in Europe, the Whitechapel Foundry.
British Olympic hero Sir Steve Redgrave is among the favourites to light the cauldron at the Olympic Stadium.
Over 10,500 athletes from 204 countries are expected to participate in 302 events in 26 sports. India is taking part in 13 disciplines with a 142-member strong, comprising 81 athletes and 36 coaches.
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games is the 30th modern Olympic Games and it will continue till August 12, 2012 and London becomes the first city to host the modern Games thrice. The British capital had previously hosted the event in 1908 and 1948.
First Published: Friday, July 27, 2012, 09:22