5 August 2016
Sergey Bubka, the president of Ukraine National Olympic Committee, carried an Olympic flame of Rio Games 2016 on August 5th, the day before the Opening Ceremony.
The stage in Rio-de-Janeiro has been the eleventh relay for the legendary athlete who is the Olympic champion, 35 time world record holder and 6 time world champion.
It was prior to Olympic Games in Sidney 2000 when he was involved in his first Olympic Torch Relay. Later, on some Olympic relays this mission was imposed on Ukraine’s much-celebrated Olympian even twice to declare the recognition of Bubka’s achievements as an athlete and international sport functionary.
Sergey Bubka carried Olympic Torch in Kyiv in July, 2004 when Ukraine’s capital hosted a stage of international Olympic Torch Relay before Athens’ Olympic Games. IOC admitted the stage in Kyiv to be one of the best in the world regarding organization level and number of participants.
While carrying the Olympic Torch in Rio, Sergey Bubka, who is also IOC EB member and IAAF Senior Vice President, was warmly received by wide audience of locals and Rio’s guests. He spared time with everyone who asked for picture or autograph.
Bubka said, ‘It’s an extraordinary event, a great honour and absolutely special emotions for me. I devoted my life to sport, where Olympic flame is one of the most important symbols. I believe Rio Games will be great success where every athlete will fulfill his dream’.