Matai’s diary from Rio Olympic Village

Oi from the Rio Olympic Games Village.

The number of delegations in the Games Village is nearing 200 by Sunday afternoon here in Rio.

206 is the full complement of nations that make up the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

IOC boss Thomas Bach reiterated his confidence at a press conference of an excellent Rio Games following all the internal and external challenges faced by the Rio Organising Committee.

Bach is expected to tour the village and have lunch at the dining hall again today.

For the Pacific Islands, two more countries have arrived- Solomons and Federated State of Micronesia.

Monday saw the flag raising ceremony for Tonga and Palau.

This will be followed by Guam, FSM and Fiji on Tuesday.

Several leaders are expected to attend the flag raising ceremony for their respective countries.

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is expected to be present for Fiji’s flag-raising at the Olympic Village today (Wednesday).

Nauru, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Samoa and American Samoa will have their flag-raising on Wednesday.

Another five – Marshalls, Cook Islands, Solomons, Tuvalu and Papua New Guinea on Thursday.

However, the combined Oceania flag- bearer naming ceremony will be held on Thursday at Urca Beach, close to Copacabana.

We had an afternoon church service at the Oceania Office in the village and was attended by several Team Fiji members led by Chef de Mission Cathy Wong and her assistant Wayne O’Connor.  

Fiji Broadcasting Television journalists Vashneel Prasad and Rohit Deo arrived minus their luggage from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Also arriving on the same flight and without their luggage were the Tongan athletes along with the New Zealand sailing team.

According to Vashneel, a freak storm affected the loading of luggage onto the flight from Buenos Aires to Rio.

Life in the Games Village has picked up significantly over the weekend with the arrival of larger teams.

The restaurant is very busy and so many people are awaiting the opening of McDonalds at the dining hall today.