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Our Day In Rio

Our Day In Rio
Team Fiji flag bearer Osea Kolinisau leads our contingent during the opening cermony of the Olympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday. Photo: Bruce Southwick/ZoomFiji.
August 07
18:02 2016

It was a proud moment for the Team Fiji contingent when flag bearer Osea Kolinisau led them into the Maracana Stadium during the opening of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil yesterday.

Kolinisau who was dressed in traditional attire, was honoured to be given the responsibility. Today he focuses on a bigger task in leading the men’s rugby sevens team to claim the country’s first gold medal in the Olympics.  Also present at the opening cermony was Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and wife Mary.

The Team Fiji women’s rugby sevens players were not present as they have their two opening pool matches early this morning.

The acting President of Brazil, Michel Temer declared the Rio Olympics open after the cauldron was lit by Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, who won a bronze medal for Brazil in the marathon at the 2004 Olympic Games.

Football legend Pele had pulled out on Friday because of illness.

And in Pele’s absence, Gustavo Kuerten, the three-time French Open champion and tennis great, entered the stadium with the Olympic flame. “Guga!” as the crowd cheered in his honour.

The Olympic flame was then passed on to de Lima to do the honours.

He (de Lima) was leading the 2004 Olympic marathon when tackled to the ground by a spectator, this saw him miss out on winning the gold medal that day but 12 years later had his moment at his home Olympics.

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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