BVI joins 202 countries in
Olympic Games opening ceremonies
Islands top sprinter Dion Crabbe was the territory's flag bearer in last
Friday’s opening ceremonies of the 28th Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, an
experience that’s forever etched in his memory.
“I was nothing
like I’ve ever experienced before,” Crabbe said. “I carried flag at the
Commonwealth Games in Manchester, but, it was just something about it. Coming
from a small country, sometimes you feel bad that you are the only person, but
it felt really good representing even though it was me alone.”
While he was
not able to see much of the activities, Crabbe said the early part was similar
to his experience in Manchester in 2002. “But, then at the same time, it’s the
games,” Crabbe said. “It was different seeing how the crowd reacted to the
different countries. At the end, the fireworks were crazy, incredible. Like
nothing I’ve ever seen before.”
Head Track and
Field coach Dag Samuels said it was the longest Olympic Games opening ceremony
he has attended in three appearances. “But it had a spectacular close with the
flag and lighting of the torch,” said Samuels who was near the final action. “We
couldn’t do better than that.”
even with the restrictions and guidelines placed on many of the sports in terms
of qualifying, there was still a lot of people which made the parade longer. “It
was colorful and what the Olympics are suppose to be.”
A day before
the opening ceremonies, the BVI’s delegations was officially welcomed to the
Olympic Games Village on August 12, by Village Mayor Ioannis Manos. The ceremony
was held at 8 p.m. with Chef de Mission Dean Greenaway receiving a gift on
behalf of his delegation and presented the Mayor with a bottle of Pussers Rum, a
BVI Welcome Magazine and a BVI Olympic Committee pin.
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