Olympics kicks off with colorful ceremony!
The 31st edition of the Olympics has officially kicked off with a lot of fanfare in Rio, Brazil.
As revealed yesterday, the ceremony was broadcasted to over 3 billion people all over the world and it celebrated the richness and uniqueness of Brazil’s culture.
This is the first time the games will be held in South America and there has been so many concerns about it. From the Zika virus, to the recession in Brazil and more recently the Russian doping scandal. All that was forgotten as the Brazilians dazzled the world with their colorful ceremony.
The cauldron was originally meant to be lighted by Brazilian Legend Pele but he declined as a result of health reasons. De Lima was nominated to light it instead and he did, to officially kick off Rio 2016.
See Nigeria’s Day 1 Schedule below:
Preliminaries Women’s Rowing (Single Sculls) Heat 5
1:30 PM – Chierika Ukogu vs. Magdalena Lobing (Austria)
Boxing: Men’s Heavyweight (91kg) Round of 16
11:00pm – Efe Ajagba vs. Nigel Paul (Trinidad and Tobago)
Preliminary Stage (Women’s Table Tennis Singles)
5:00pm- Effem Offiong vs. Sally Yee (Fiji)
5:45pm– Funke Oshonaike vs. Mariana Sahakian (Lebanon)
Round 1 (Men’s Table Tennis Singles)
11:pm – Segun Toriola vs. Dimitry Prokoptsov (Czech)
Greek Athlete tests positive for banned substance
A Greek athlete, whose identity is currently unknown, has tested positive for a banned substance.
Reports revealed that the athletes sample A test, was found positive and a sample B will be carried out soon and then the athlete’s identity will be revealed, if the tests turns out to be positive as well.
The athlete is said to have been expelled from the Olympic village, just hours before the opening ceremony, which means, the said athlete will not be competing for the games.
Greece is not the only country whose player has tested positive and been banned from the Olympics. A Russian boxer also failed the drug test a few days and was also ordered to leave the Olympic village.
Nigeria’s 4×400 relay team will not be competing at the a result of 20-year old Tosin Adeloye failing her drug test.
This edition of the Olympics has definitely been overshadowed by a number of factors, from Zika virus, to Russia’s scandal and now, failed drug tests.
Rio 2016: Moroccan boxer arrested over assault charges
Well, this has certainly been an eventful Olympics. Moroccan boxer, Hassan Saada has been arrested and detained by the Brazilian police over allegations of sexual assault of two female cleaners in the Olympic village.
Saada, who will be competing in the light heavy weight category, may miss his first fight today as a result of being detained. Furthermore, the Brazilian judge presiding over his case has ordered that he be detained for 15 days, while investigations are being carried out.
Basically, this means, he has messed up big time and he might not get to compete in the games at all!
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan
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