In a brief but colourful ceremony showcasing Brazilian culture and rhythmic music, delegations from Cambodia, Cuba, Laos and Namibia were officially welcomed to the 2016 Rio Summer Games on Tuesday evening.
The Welcome Ceremony for each country featured a tribal dance spectacle and a diverse offering of Brazilian music, including forro, samba and bossa nova.
“It was a highly sentimental moment for all of us. We now look forward to the Opening Ceremony and then the focus shifts to the competition,” National Olympic Committee of Cambodia secretary-general Vath Chamroeun said after the ceremony.
To mark the occasion, Cambodia’s top sports administrator presented a souvenir replica of Angkor Wat to the Rio Games Organising Committee.
Meanwhile, Olympic Olympic Solidarity’s Athletes Section and Asia Manager Olivier Niamkey had some encouraging words for the Cambodian competitors and wished the Olympic Scholarship recipient Sorn Seavmey with a medal success in taekwondo.
Incheon Asian Games gold medalilst and Rio qualifier Sorn Seavmey will be the flagbearer for the 16-member Cambodian delegation.