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Olympic team of Panama receives national flag before departure to Rio

Olympic team of Panama receives national flag before departure to Rio

The Panamanian sprinter Alonso Edward received the national flag from President Juan Carlos Varela on August 2 in Panama City, before the departure of the national delegation for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

(Soundbite, Spanish) Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama
“All of us in Panama are supporting them and are sure there will be very important victories (in Rio). The most important victory over all is the efforts made to reach Rio de Janeiro. They bear the name of our country to Brazil for this event.”

The Panamanian team consists of 10 athletes, who will compete in seven disciplines, including gymnastics, taekwondo, air pistol, boxing, swimming, athletics and fencing.

(Soundbite, Spanish) Alonso Edward, Panamanian Sprinter
“I have hope for the future. If I have to say something, it is that my preparation is very good. I have no choice. I have to fetch the medal. This is what we have been working for.”

In its Olympic history, Panama won a gold medal in long jump during the Beijing Games in 2008, and two bronze in 100 and 200-meter dashes during the London Games in 1948.

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