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Rigobert named Mauritius flag bearer for Olympic Games

Natacha Rigobert qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games by winning the CAVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup with partner Elodie Li Yuk Lo
Mauritius, June 23, 2012 - Mauritius women’s beach volleyball player Natacha Rigobert will carry the flag for her country at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27 after the National Olympic Committee unanimously voted for her.

Rigobert qualified for the Games by winning the CAVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup in Rwanda in May alongside partner Elodie Li Yuk Lo, marking the first time her country will compete in a team sport event in the Olympics.

"I'm really pleased and honoured to carry the flag of my country in this prestigious event. It was a total surprise,” Rigobert said. “I heard the news of this appointment following a phone call from Kaysee Teeroovengadum, the president of the Mauritian Volleyball Federation, This is another first for me because I become the first woman in Mauritius to act as the flag bearer at an Olympic Games. Today, I feel even more proud to be Mauritian.”

Natacha was the first volleyball player to play in France, picking up many titles at university level as well as the national second division with Le Cannet.

She is currently based in Nice, France, preparing for the Olympics with Yuk Lo. Most recently the duo finished 41st at the FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour Rome Grand Slam and are expected to compete in Berlin and Klagenfurt before London.

“We have to now prepare more for the world level at the Olympics." She added.


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