The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, presented the flag today to Olympic champion Rubén Limardo, who will lead the Venezuelan delegation that will compete in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Maduro presented the flag to the fencing athlete and medalist, who is determined to repeat the feat he achieved in London 2012, when he broke Venezuela’s bad streak of more than 40 years without a gold medal. Limardo has the goal of repeating his achievement in Rio, which would be an unprecedented feat for Venezuelan sport. 

Venezuela was able to qualify 77 athletes of 18 disciplines for Rio and the president announced his government approved 11.9 million dollars to help complete the Venezuelan athletes’ training and logistic procedures towards the Olympic Games. For his part, Limardo said that in Rio “we should win at least five” gold medals. 

"I am proud of receiving this flag; I will bear it proudly, not only in competitions, but as a Venezuelan”, he indicated. 

He said it was time to represent Venezuela and “with great commitment, bear the flag but also strive to win a second gold medal. It will not be easy”. 

Limardo thanked the support received from the persons that elected him to bear the flag, after a vote in which sport directors participated. “We are Venezuelan; Venezuela is united and that is what we want to continue promoting, that sport brings the country together. We want to take athletes to do their best and earn medals in Rio. In London

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