The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be held at the famous Maracana arena on Friday.
There are three days left until the start of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The opening ceremony will be held at the famous Maracana arena on Friday. Participating will be athletes from 206 countries, representing 28 sporting disciplines. All in all, they will take part in 306 events until August 21st.
In Rio, Romania will be represented by 96 athletes and 7 reserves, participating in 15 sporting disciplines. At the opening ceremony, Romania’s flag will be carried by multiple Olympic medallist Catalina Ponor. At the Olympic games in Athens, back in 2004, Catalina Ponor won three gold medals, becoming the most famous athlete of the Romanian delegation, being designated the best Romanian athlete and the best world gymnast of 2004. At the London Olympic Games, Catalina got the silver in the ground event and at the nations’ competition she ranked third alongside the Romanian team.
The first events that the Romanian athletes will participate in are scheduled for Saturday. The first will be epee fencers Simona Gherman, Simona Pop and Ana Maria Popescu who run for qualification starting 15.00 hours local time. Also, Elisabeta Samara and Daniela Dodean will play in the first round of the tennis table event.
Also on Saturday, cyclist Serghei Tsvetkov will take part in the road race event and Adrian Crisan will pair with Ovidiu Ionescu for the first round of the men’s table tennis event. Later in the afternoon, Monica Ungureanu will try to qualify for the next leg of the judo competition, in the 48 kg category.
Rowers George Alexandru Palamariu and Cristi Ilie Parghie will attempt to qualify in the two-oared sculling event. Also playing for qualification will be gymnasts Marian Dragulescu and Andrei Vasile. On Saturday night we hope to see Romanian athletes winning the first medals in the women’s judo and epee fencing finals.