Senior national sprinter Daniel Bailey will carry the country’s flag at Rio 2016 opening ceremony Friday evening.
This is according to Assistant Chef de Mission Cordell Williams, who said the decision was taken amongst the top brass within the Antigua & Barbuda delegation to Brazil for the Olympic Games.
“Since Bakka is our senior athlete and has experience at the Games, Mr Neville Fenton, myself and the coaches decided that Mr Bailey would be the best person to carry the flag at the opening ceremony,” Williams said.
Bailey will contest the 100-meter sprints at the Olympic Games and is also an integral member of the Pan Am record holding 4X1 relay team.
The entire team, Williams said, has been progressing well.
“They are training every day, today (Wednesday) is the last day for Miguel Francis and Daniel Bailey to end the camp their coaches from Jamaica set up. The other guys have been going to the track regularly with Mr Ted Daley and Everton Cornelius. Two days in the week, Miguel and Daniel also participate in terms of practicing for their relay,” he said.
Bailey will sprint alongside Miguel Francis, Cejhae Greene and Jared Jarvis, while high-jumper Priscilla Frederick will be the country’s lone field competitor. Swimmers Noah Mascoll-Gomes and Samantha Roberts will battle the field in the pool.