By Amina Nazarli
Azerbaijani athletes were standing in the front row singing national anthem as the Azerbaijani tricolor flag was raised in the athlete’s village on August 3 in Rio, which will host the 31st Summer Olympic Games on August 5 to 21, and the 15th Summer Paralympic Games on September 7-18.
The event was attended by First Deputy Prime Minister Yagub Eyyubov, Youth and Sports Minister Azad Rahimov, Vice President of the National Olympic Committee Chingiz Huseynzade, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Brazil Elnur Sultanov, First Deputy Director General of TASS agency Mikhail Gusman, athletes and others.
First of all the athletes watch the show of dancers reflecting tradition and culture of Brazilian people.
Mayor of the Olympic Village two-time Olympic champion veteran Brazilian basketball player, Janeth Arcain greeted the athletes, wishing them good luck in such a significant event.
Following the speech, Head of Azerbaijani delegation Ilham Madatov handed a symbolic present to Acrain on behalf of the national delegation.
Alongside with Azerbaijan, teams from Liechtenstein, Columbia, China and Taipei also raised their flags at the ceremony.
2016 Olympic Games is starting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 5 and 56 member Azerbaijani team will compete in 18 sports in both Summer Olympic Games and Summer Paralympic Games.
Compared to previous years, this year the country will be represented in four new sports, including triathlon, archery, cycling and canoe slalom.
Thirty-six of 56 athletes will participate in Olympic Games for the first time. During the Olympiad, the Azerbaijani team will be accompanied by 34 coaches, six doctors, physiotherapists and technicians.
A record number of countries will participate in the Rio Olympic Games. More than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees, including first time entrants Kosovo and South Sudan, scheduled to take part in.
With 306 sets of medals, the Games will feature 28 Olympic sports — including rugby sevens and golf, which were added by the International Olympic Committee in 2009.
These sporting events will take place at 33 venues in the host city and at five venues in the cities of Brazilian Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasilia and Manaus.
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