The flag of the lone star. Photo: Jose L. AnayaZoom
RÍO DE JANEIRO.— The Cuban flag will be hoisted today at the village of the 31st Olympic Games, only three days away from the opening ceremony to take place in the famous Maracaná stadium, as reported by JIT website.
The official welcome to the Cuban delegation will take place at 6 pm, in the international area of the building and will include an artistic show tinged with the Brazilian music.
The speech by the appointed major of the Olympic village, the former basketball player double Olympic medalist Janeth Arcain and a symbolic exchange of presents with the head of the Cuban delegation Antonio Becali will be also part of the ceremony.
“Seeing the Cuban flag waving while we sing the national anthem will be a significant moment for a sport embassy determined to fight for its inclusion among the top 20 positions.” He said.
Specialists from the technical area said that inspired in this purpose the preparation indicators designed for this stage are met with rigor and the medical and psychological work is tightened, with no injury reported.
This Tuesday the teams of freestyle and Greco-Roman style wrestling led by the standard- bearer Mijaín López will arrive at the village, after their traning in another sport facility. As part of this strategy, the judokas, led by London 2012 Olympic champion Idalys Ortiz (+78) and the taekwondo by Rafael Alba (+80) continue their preparation in Salvador de Bahía.
Fortaleza sees the training of some athletes, badminton player Oslenis Guerrero is in Campiña and part of the track and field team is in Havana alongside other disciplines. The recent inclusion of the 4x400 women’s relay increased the number of Cuban competitors to 124 for the tournament to be open until next August 21.