British Virgin Islands

Friday, Jan 28, 2022

OLYMPICS: BVI athletes touch down in Tokyo

The BVI’s athletes have touched down in Tokyo and the world had their first glimpse of them during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games at the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan Friday morning.

Local track sensation Kyron McMaster and his swimming compatriot, Elinah Phillip marched through the stadium as the territory’s flag-bearers at this morning’s event.

The two local athletic ambassadors were aptly dressed in the BVI’s colours — Phillip wore a white cultural dress while McMaster donned a stylish white blazer decorated with the BVI’s signature cultural designs.

The competition

McMaster will be the first of the BVI’s total three athletes scheduled to compete at these Summer Olympic Games.

He begins his Olympic campaign on Thursday, July 29 at 9:55 pm (local time) by competing in the heats of the Men’s 400-metre Hurdles. From there, he hopes to advance to the semi-finals of the event.

Phillip will be next to compete for the BVI at 6 am on Friday, July 30. She will swim in the heats of the Women’s 50-metre freestyle event. And if that goes well, she will advance to the semi-finals at 10:32 pm (local time) that same day.

The BVI’s final athlete to compete will be Long Jumper Chantel Malone. The qualifying round of her event starts at 8:50 pm (local time) on Saturday, July 31.


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