That proud, patriotic moment when the Australian team strides into the Olympic arena, waving flags, waving hands incessantly at the crowd, waving at mum through the TV camera.
How big is our team compared to Britain’s? Do we like their outfits? Can you spot your favourite green and gold Olympic athlete? No? Well that’s probably because they aren’t there.
In a move that will disappoint millions of Aussie sports fans, only about a quarter of the Australian Olympics team will march into the stadium on Friday (local time) for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic games.
Flag bearer Anna Meares will lead just 103 Aussie athletes in the parade from an Olympic team of 421. Forty-four team officials will also be marching.
Australian team boss Kitty Chiller defended the decision of the athletes to not take part, citing the affects the long journey time to the stadium and the up-to-three hours standing time involved could have on their preperation for competition.
“We don’t push them either way for a start,” Chiller said, reported The West Australian.
“We’ve totally left the decision to each individual section. For each section it’s one in, all in.
“We’ve got 103 athletes marching and they’re across 19 sections. It’s a pretty good representation across the 28 sports that we’ve got.
“For us, that’s about normal. We’ve got 158 athletes competing on day one and those athletes competing in the first two or three days really as a rule don’t march at all.
“But we have issued guidelines, which had testimonials from athletes who have marched before, both for and against.
“We’ve also had advice from the doctor, but we’ve left it up to each team leader to discuss with their athletes and we did that about six or eight months ago.”
And so will our mob be bigger than Britain’s? Appparently, yes… it is being reported that only 35 Team GB athletes will be marching in Rio.
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