Gittens to be flag bearer
Sprinter Ramon Gittens will be Barbados’ flag bearer at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
He will perform this duty Friday at the opening ceremony parade, scheduled for 7 p.m. Barbados time. The protocol and splendour of the Olympic ceremonies, which go hand-in-hand with the celebration of the Games, make this event unique and unforgettable. This will be Gittens’ second time representing Barbados at the Olympics, and he will be competing in the 100m and 200m events.
Gittens was the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship’s champion in the 100m and 200m while at the Lester Vaughn Secondary School. In 2001 at the CARIFTA Games in Trinidad and Tobago he placed third in the under 17 division and won a silver medal at the 2015 Pan American Games. This year Gittens received the Barbados Olympic Association’s most prestigious awards – Senior Male Athlete of the Year and the President’s Award.
At the Olympic Games, the parade of the participants reflects both the changing world and the growth of the Olympic Movement. The number of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) present at the Opening Ceremony has increased from 22 in 1908 to 204 in London in 2012.
Tradition dictates that the delegations parade in alphabetical order according to the language of the host country, except for Greece, which leads the parade, and the host country, which brings up the rear.