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Teenage swimmer to carry UAE flag at Rio opening ceremony

Selection of Nada Al Badwawi is 'clear message to the world about the engagement of the UAE’s women in all events'

Teenage swimmer to carry UAE flag at Rio opening ceremony
Nada Al Bedwawi and fellow UAE swimmer Yaqoob Al Saadi, who will also compete in the Olympics.

Emirati teenage swimmer Nada Al Badwawi has been selected to carry the UAE flag at the opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics.

The UAE’s weightlifting star Aysha Al Baluchi, who has arrived in Rio to join her compatriots competing from August 5-21, said in comments published by news agency WAM that the selection was "a clear message to the world about the engagement of the UAE’s women in all events".

Al Baluchi said she aims to present a correct image of women’s sports in the UAE and revealed that she would represent the country "in the best possible shape".

She noted that her training period was very good, but short following a knee injury.

Rida Ayaashi, coach of the UAE weightlifting team, said: "We do not want to proclaim that we will win a medal, but what we have achieved so far is great for the UAE’s weightlifting discipline as the team has qualified for the second time for the Olympics.

"If this continues, we will not be far away from a coronation in that event. All athletes who have arrived in Rio are continuing their daily training in stadia and their stay in the village is a smooth experience," he said.

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