The names of the three athletes who will be representing the Principality of Monaco at the next Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have been announced by Prince Albert II of Monaco: artistic gymnast Kevin Crovetto, 800 metre runner Brice Etes and judoka Yann Siccardi.
Kevin Crovetto is an artistic gymnast who has been representing the national team at events since 2014. His participation in this summer’s games holds special significance for Monaco as the last time an artistic gymnast represented Monaco in the Olympic Games was in 1920.
Brice Etes is an 800 metre runner who also took part in the London Olympics in 2012. He currently holds the national record for his discipline, which he gained at the 2010 IAAF Diamond League athletics meet.
Yann Siccardi is a judoka who will be participating in the men’s 60kg category and has previously competed at both the London Olympics and the Beijing Olympics. This year, he has the special honour of being the flag bearer for Monaco.
The naming ceremony, which opened with a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the attack on Nice on 14th July, was also attended by Princess Charlene, General Secretary of the Monegasque Olympic Committee Yvette Lambin-Berti and many other important figures of the Principality.
The Prince and Princess themselves are previous Olympians, with Princess Charlene having competed as a swimmer and Prince Albert taking part in the bobsleigh. Prince Albert competed in five consecutive Winter Olympic Games between 1988 and 2002 in both the two-man and four-man events, earning his highest ranked place of 25th in the 1988 Games. He was also Monaco’s flag bearer at three of the Olympics in which he competed and has been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1985.
The Rio Olympic Games take place between 5th and the 22nd August 2016.