I love an opening ceremony filled with quirky performances and parades of uniquely dressed athletes. What I don’t like is athletes using their mobile phones during the event: taking selfies, holding the phone up for some random filming, or probably livestreaming the whole thing.
Selfie-taking appeared to peak at the opening ceremony of Rio 2016. Credit:AP
At last year’s Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony – remember the games with 2020 signage that took place in 2021? – I estimated that half the athletes were focused on their phones.
Thankfully, the number of athletes with phones at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony was much lower.
I reckon the all-time high was at the 2016 Olympics, so maybe the trend is on the way out, but to give it a firm nudge toward athlete-phone-zero I’d like to encourage athletes of the world to leave their phones out of the stadium.