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Rio 2016 Olympic Games

August 2, 2016

Governor General to Attend the Opening Ceremony
of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

OTTAWA—At the request of the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will attend the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, in the Federative Republic of Brazil, from August 3 to 8, 2016.

“Sharon and I are honoured to represent Canada at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” said His Excellency. “Our athletes personify excellence, fair play and sportsmanship and contribute to nurturing our sense of pride as Canadians. With their remarkable determination, they inspire us with a wonderful sense of possibility. As patron of the Canadian Olympic Committee, I invite you to join me in encouraging and cheering on our Canadian athletes as they embark on their Olympic dream.” 

While in Rio, Their Excellencies will visit the Athletes’ Village on August 4 and meet with Team Canada athletes, Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) representatives and volunteers. They will represent Canada at the Opening Ceremony on August 5 and cheer on our Canadian athletes competing on August 6 and 7.

Below is Their Excellencies’ detailed itinerary. Timings are indicated UTC/GMT -3 hours. 

Thursday, August 4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

10:15 a.m.
Visit to Athletes’ Village and Team Canada Athletes’ Residence
Joined by Mr. Curt Harnett, Team Canada’s Chef de Mission, Their Excellencies will visit the Athletes’ Village and have the opportunity to interact with Team Canada’s athletes as well as their friends and families. 
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY

5:15 p.m.
Opening of Canada Olympic House
TheirExcellencies will participate in the ceremony marking the official opening of Canada Olympic House. His Excellency will have the opportunity to address families and friends of our Canadian athletes, representatives of national sports federations, COC executive members and volunteers. The ceremony will conclude with a tour of the facility with Mr. Chris Overholt, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General of the COC, and Mrs. Tricia Smith, President of the COC.
Av. Borges de Medeiros No. 829, Canada Olympic House
OPEN TO MEDIA 

7 p.m.
Dinner Hosted by the International Olympic Committee
Their Excellencies will attend a dinner given by Mr. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, for heads of State and dignitaries. 
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY 

Friday, August 5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

8 p.m.
Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games
Their Excellencies will attend the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park
OPEN TO ACCREDITED MEDIA ONLY 

Saturday, August 6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sporting Events
Throughout the day, Their Excellencies will attend sporting events at different venues. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter during the Games. 

Sunday, August 7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sporting Events
Throughout the day, Their Excellencies will attend sporting events at different venues. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter during the Games. 

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This itinerary is subject to change without notice.
Media can download photos of the Governor General’s visit
at
http://photos.gg.ca/Media/20160802-Rio-2016/

Media information:

Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-302-0912 (cell)
marie-eve.letourneau@gg.ca


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