With just over 24 hours to go to the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics, it was the turn of the Solomon Islands to be officially welcomed to the Games.
It was an early morning start in the International Zone of the Athletes’ Village for the Pacific island nation. Their team of three athletes, coaches and team officials lined up alongside Andorra, Portugal and Italy to take their place once again in the Olympic fold. This is the Solomon Islands’ ninth appearance at the Olympiad and they were amongst friends as fellow Pacific Oceania team, Marshall Islands enjoyed their moment next to them.
The teams were welcomed by dancers performing a range of local cultural dances. The Mayor of the Athletes’ Village, ex- Brazilian basketball player and two-time Olympic medallist Janeth Arcain, welcomed representatives of the Solomons to the stage before their flag was raised in tandem with the playing of the national anthem.
Plenty of comment has been passed on what sort of Olympics Rio will present us with. As far as Welcome Ceremonies go, they got it right. A mix of culture, tradition, ceremony and of course the Brazilian ‘Ace in the pack’ …….Samba!
The clue is in the title of the ceremony – namely, to ‘welcome.’ Judging by the fact that all five teams had a significant number of their athletes moving to the beat as they left the arena, then the organisers can rest assured they’ve got the teams in the mood for enjoying the Games.
For those wondering? It won’t come as a surprise to inform you that the Marshall Islands and Solomon Islands were the first to take to this particular dancefloor!
Pacific islanders love their music and impressive they were too.
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Last Modified on 05/08/2016 09:21