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Roger to lead Switzerland

01.08.2008 | Tennis

One of the athletes of each country has the honour of carrying the national flag during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. This year it will be Roger to head the Swiss delegation into the stadium! After having marched in front of the nation’s group in Athens four years ago he will have the privilege to do so again on August 08 in Beijing – a fantastic birthday present for our champion!


“It is a true honour for me to lead the Swiss athletes into the stadium, carrying the Swiss flag. I have had the privilege to experience many wonderful things; the Olympics are and will always be one of the best. So I am really looking forward to those moments - of course also since this is one of the most wonderful birthday presents I could possibly wish for.


During my first Olympics in Sydney 2000 I had the opportunity to attend competitions in swimming and badminton. Those are great, lasting memories. Four years ago my schedule didn’t allow following any other tournaments. This year I would love to see some basketball-action with the American ‘Dream Team’.


I am certainly looking forward to these Games enormously in many different respects.”



So far 36 female and 48 male Swiss athletes have qualified for Beijing. They represent the following sports: tennis, athletics, shooting, fencing, cycling, mountainbiking, judo, swimming, sailing, triathlon, rowing, gymnastics, badminton, riding, canoeing, pentathlon, taekwondo, archery and beach volleyball. The Swiss won five medals at the Olympic Summer Games in Athens 2004 and nine in Sydney 2000. And of course we are hoping for a good result in China as well! The Olympic Stadium was, after all, designed by the Swiss star-architects Herzog & de Meuron.



PS: August 01 is the Swiss national holiday!


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08/07/2008 | 02:23 PM
Happy Birthday for tomorrow Rog.. (lucky number eights)...

Can't wait to see you at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and playing (via the TV of course). What an honour to lead the Swiss team and carry your national flag!

I was finally able to see
08/07/2008 | 01:17 PM
For the record (and I can’t believe I’m saying this): I did watch the Hamburg final. Broke my own shameful record of insults hurled at one player alone (for those of you requiring a translation of ‘tosser’ or ‘wanker’, the Oxford Dictionary should have in
08/07/2008 | 01:15 PM
Hi all,

Not to worry, this one’s going to be as bland as porridge!

Thanks to everyone for their thoughts, suggestions and criticism; being slightly vain (and a Taurus, not a Virgo), I will take away for now the fact that I am hard to hate and of rea
08/07/2008 | 01:05 PM
No.8 is lucky number in Chinese as well as your birthday. Happy Birthday in advance and all the best for your gold medal champion.

08/07/2008 | 12:55 PM
08/07/2008 | 11:44 AM
You are simply the best...
You are my hero...
I love you!!! ;)

08/07/2008 | 11:26 AM
Congratulations again for this remarkable honor of carrying your country's flag. All the best of health.

08/07/2008 | 11:20 AM

Don't fear losses. Don't be defeated by your own fears. You can lose, but you can't lose your spirit. The only enemy now is only your spirit. Conquer it and the gold medal will automatically in your hands!

Prove to the world now that you d
08/07/2008 | 10:56 AM
There's great photos and transcripts and articles from Roger's press conference in the Forum, under Beijing section, from page 91 on.
08/07/2008 | 10:16 AM
i'm very happy for you.
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