Rwanda will have the honour of being among several National Olympic Committee from Africa to be welcomed into the Athletes’ Village, on Tuesday evening, ahead of the London Olympic Games which start on Friday.
The team welcome ceremony is scheduled for today at 17.00 hours with the country’s national flag set to be hoisted to the tunes of national anthem along with the Olympic flag featuring the five rings.
Rwanda team’s chef de mission Serge Mwambali said on Monday, “The Rwandan contingent will be officially welcomed and ushered into the London Olympics’ Games village in an elegant and colourful ceremony,”
According to Mwambali, the ceremony will be presided over by the Games Village Mayor Charles Allan. The Rwandan contingent will be comprised of athletes and officials as well as officials from the Rwandan high commission to the UK led by High Commissioner Ernest Rwamucyo.
The performers will dance to the song “We Are The Champions” and end with a salute to the champion athletes, who will compete for glory at the quadrennial sporting extravaganza.
Rwanda is represented by two swimmers Jackson Niyomugabo, Alphonsine Agahozo, three runners; Claudette Mukasakindi, Jean Mvuyekure, Robert Kajuga and judo athlete Yannick Uwase Sekamana and cyclist Adrien Niyonshuti.
Several ceremonies have taken place every day in the days leading up to the Games for up to four teams at a time providing the best welcome to London 2012.
The ceremonies have been created, produced and choreographed by the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain (NYT), who will also perform the shows.
Set to be exciting and engaging they will celebrate the strength, determination and courage of athletes.
The 70- strong NYT will sing, dance and perform around athletes ensuring they are a part of the ceremony.
Team Welcome Ceremonies traditionally take place before the Opening Ceremony of the Games.
They extend a formal welcome to the athletes and for some this may be the only time they hear their national anthem and see their home flag raised.