The Olympic torch is expected to arrive in Rio de Janeiro today Wednesday the 3rd of August on a yacht as it heads towards the Maracanã for the opening ceremony. The sailors will hand over the torch to the mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes who will be the first torchbearer in the city. Thursday will be a public holiday in Rio.
Thursday's samba party will culminate in the lighting of a special cauldron in Praça Mauá.
In the lead up to the games a common theme has been the polluted waters of Rio. the waters are reported to be contaminated with garbage and raw sewage can be seen floating in some areas. All types of Garbage, from plastic bags and bottles, to used condoms.
On a more lighter note though, among the attractions confirmed for the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are, three black female performers from three different generations who are slated to perform in the opening party on Friday evening at the famous Maracanã stadium, in keeping with a theme of inclusion.
Legendary singer Elza Soares will be representing Rio's most famous musical genre; samba, while Karol Conka and MC Soffia will be the voices of Brazil’s hip hop scene, and São Paulo girl MC Soffia, who is just 12 years old, and who took social networks by storm with her music videos that speak out against racism, including her song “Menina Pretinha”.
Meanwhile, some athletes and/or teams are finding that getting to Brazil and hence to compete is not without some real challenges.
Nigeria's Olympic football team found themselves stuck in Atlanta because of a problem over their flight payment.
The team are now expected to arrive in Brazil less than 36 hours before their opening match against Japan.
And Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment did make it to Brazil but did not get to compete because of nagging injury problems. Parchment, who had been given a medical exemption from the National Senior Championships last month because of injury, seems to have failed in his bid to recover well enough in time and to prove his fitness ahead of the Games. Parchment is now headed back home, see you in four years Hansle. have a speedy and complete recovery.
Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he will play at Rio 2016 despite suffering with a wrist injury as he was preparing for the Olympic Games. Asked whether he will play singles and doubles, Nadal said: "We need to talk with the captain first but normally I play everything" he said.
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