Athletes present were Yoshua Shing and Coach Ham Lulu, Joe Mahit and Coach Florence Daoleuang and Boe Warawara and Coach Uri Warawara. Rower Luigi Teleimb and Coach Matt Cameron were already in Rio with the Chef De Mission, Allan Kalfabun.
Also present at the ceremony yesterday was the VASANOC President, Antoine Boudier, VASANOC SG, Cyrille Mainguy, VASANOC CEO, Henry Tavoa, Chairlady of Athlete’s Commission, Anolyn Lulu, VASANOC/VAN2017 Member, Joe Bomal Carlo and Warawara’s Technical Trainer John Szigeti.
VASANOC presented each athlete and coaches with bags, tracksuits, PoloShirts, T-shirts, caps, baggage tags, singlets, lapel pins, Vanuatu Tourism promotional book, per diems for athletes and pre-validated (accreditation) cards for the Games. The accreditation cards also act as visas to enter Brazil for the Games.
Words of encouragement came from Mr Boudier, Mr Mainguy, Mr Carlo and Ms Lulu.
The event also marked a solemn moment when VASANOC President declared Yoshua Shing as the Flagbearer for Team Vanuatu in the Opening Ceremony.
Shing is only Ni-Vanuatu Athlete who has qualified for two consecutive Olympic Games and was Flagbearer for Team Vanuatu in the Delhi and Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2010 and 2014 and started representing Vanuatu when he was merely 12 yrs old.
Rio Olympic Games 2016 get underway next Friday, August 5.
VASANOC and the Vanuatu Sporting Family wish Team Vanuatu, All The Best for the Games!