Turning to London 2012, a lavish celebration of the world’s many cultures and the athletic prowess of its people, officially got underway last Friday with a festival of colors during which each participating country paraded its flag at the opening of the Summer Olympic Games. It is the biggest and most important global sporting event being hosted for a third time in the United Kingdom. The climax of the inaugural activities included the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron, fashioned from two hundred and five copper petals representing the competing nations. Team Belize, made up of three of the Jewel’s finest in track and field and judo, is taking part in the competitions. On Sunday, Belizean martial artist Eddermys Sanchez fell to Miklos Ungvari of Hungary during the elimination round of the men’s under sixty-six kilogram tournament. Sanchez, seen here wearing a white gi, was defeated by a score of one to nothing during the nineteen second bout, advancing Ungvari to the semifinals where he won a silver medal. Olympic runners, twenty-six year old Kaina Martinez and twenty-four year old Kenneth Medwood, also representing Belize, are scheduled to compete on Friday in the women’s hundred meters and men’s four hundred meter hurdles, respectively.