News from Ukraine: Ukraine flag raised in Rio's Olympic village (video)

14:29 Aug. 1, 2016

Ukraine flag raised in Rio's Olympic village (video)

Photo courtesy - Ukraine's National Olympic Committee,

Summer Games to start on August 5

On August 1, the ceremony of raising the Ukrainian flag took place in Rio's Olympic village (Brazil), which will host the summer games on August 5-21.

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The country's national anthem was sung in honour of the Ukrainian national blue-and-yellow team, Ukraine's National Olympic Committee (NOC) reports.

The ceremony featured and well-known sportsmen including former Olympic champion (Ukrainian pole-vaulting legend) Serhiy Bubka, former Olympic champion Valeriy Borzov (Ukrainian sprint athlete), and Ukraine's Ambassador to Brazil Rostyslav Tronenko.

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Rio's Olympic Village mayor officially greeted the Olympic participants.

The Olympic Village opening ceremony took place on 24 July in Rio de Janeiro, two weeks prior to 2016 Summer Olympics.

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