Samoa flag hoisted at Games Village
The Samoan national flag was hoisted at the Olympic Games Village in London on Wednesday morning, in a fun-filled musical ceremony.
The ceremony was presided by the Deputy Village Mayor, Dame Tessa Jowell in the attendance of Bluesky Team Samoa’s athletes and SASNOC delegates. Welcoming the athletes, who have attained the distinction of representing their countries after years of hard work, the Village Deputy Mayor said: “Athletes from various cultures will call our Olympic Village their home, and we hope you take back cherished memories.”
Dame Tessa Jowell formally welcomed SASNOC president Nu’u Tapasu Leung Wai, who made a presentation of a ceremonial Kava Bowl to the dignitary before the Flag of the Independent nation of Samoa was hoisted to the patriotic tunes of “Samoa Tula’i” from the team.
The athletes and delegates were entertained by colourful youngsters from the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain with lively musical performances complemented by theatrical acrobatics. The performers danced to several entertaining songs by famous British band Queen, culminating in “We Are The Champions” and ending with a salute to the athletes who will compete for glory. All of Samoa’s Olympic contingent has now checked into the Games Village, except one of our athletes, Rudolph Berking- Williams who is living at an alternative location further out of London to minimise his daily travel time to his remote sports venue.
After the flag raising, president Nu’u signed on the vertical pillars of the “Truce Wall’ signifying Samoa’s support and commitment to the values propounded by the Olympic Truce of 193 nations of the United Nations.
*Tole’afoa Douglas Creevey is Bluesky’s Chief Operating Officer.
Bluesky is a sponsor of Team Samoa to the Olympics and Tole’afoa is travelling with the team.