It was a colourful ceremony as Rwanda, Egypt, Cambodia and Bermudes were  officially welcomed to the London 2012 Olympic Games Village arena in London, UK on Tuesday.

The High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Ernest Rwamucyo and 1st consular Linda Kalimba attended the welcome ceremony.

The ceremony, which lasted for half an hour, is a creation by London 2012, and involved members of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain in association with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games.

The youths put up an exciting fun performance programme where Team Rwanda became part of the spectacle.

Chef de mission Serge Mwambali signed the Truce Wall after taking the podium as the Rwandan flag was being raised and the three stanzas of the national anthem played.

Some Rwandans based in London were also part of the audience who came to witness their home team being received at the London 2012 Games Village.

Traditionally team welcome ceremonies take place before the Opening Ceremony of the Games with the aim of engaging the athletes in a fun and interactive experience with a lasting memory.

They extend a formal welcome to the athletes and the athletes’ national anthem is played while at the same time their national flag is raised.

Meanwhile, the Olympic team captain and Mountain Bike rider Adrien Niyonshuti is expected to join his team mates at the Games Village of the 2012 London Olympic Games at Stratford today ahead of the Men’s cross country mountain bike competition will be a fortnight after.

Swimmers Jackson Niyomugabo and Alphonse Agahozo, marathon runner Jean Pierre Mvuyekure, Robert Kajuga and Claudette Mukasakindi (both 10,000m), judo player Yannick Uwase Sekamana are the other athletes who will represent Rwanda in the London Games which kick off tomorrow.


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