Ottawa, Ontario - August 5, 2016

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the opening of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:

“With the parade of athletes into Maracanã Stadium in Rio, the world will come together to celebrate excellence, friendship, and respect in sport with the official opening of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

I am sure that we will continue to be inspired throughout the entire 19 days of the competition by spectacular moments of strength, speed, skill, and perseverance as athletes from around the world compete for a spot on the Olympic podium. These athletes, along with their coaches, families, and friends, have sacrificed so much to reach this level, and to embody the Olympic motto – Citius – Altius – Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger).

“On behalf of all Canadians, I extend my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to our athletes who have displayed such tremendous dedication and commitment. They motivate us—especially our young people—to be more active in sport, whether it is in our own backyards, in local parks, or in sport venues from coast to coast to coast. We are very proud of each and every one of them, and confident that they will be excellent ambassadors of Canada’s culture, athleticism, and values.

“We, Team Canada—35 million people strong—will be watching and cheering on 314 Canadian athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Good luck and make us proud!”