Mayor of Rio to welcome Team Nigeria to Brazil

By Kayode Tijani, Abuja

Representatives of Team Nigeria would take the centre stage on Wednesday by 10 a.m. when the Mayor of Rio, Eduardo da Costa Paes among other army of dignitaries welcome the largest black populated nation in the world to the Games Village of the Summer Rio Olympics. Each team from the 206 countries is welcomed to the Village in a special ceremony led by the Village Chieftains as well as athletes and officials of the countries.

Team Welcome Ceremonies are a key occasion for athletes, team officials and their guests. It acknowledges their journey to the Games and marks the start of their residency in the Village.

The brief but impressive ceremony would see all Nigerian athletes in their national colours. The Nigerian Green, White, Green flag would be raised and the national anthem played. President of Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr Habu Gumel who is also a member of International Olympic Committee(IOC), and other Nigerian officials would be in attendance.

Brazilian officials have promised to make sure that the largest athletes’ Village in history provides a comfortable, welcoming and inspiring place for all the competitors.

Team Nigeria would be housed in Block 11, occupying four floors with the Nigerian flag fluttering on top of their Block.

In the Village,Technogym has installed a state-of-the-art gym, P&G will be managing a beauty salon and Samsung will provide each athlete with a free smartphone on arrival.

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