‘Brolympic bromance’ (Rio Diary)

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 19 (IANS) The iconic Usain Bolt has always been a delight for his flamboyance and supreme self-belief but the ‘world’s fastest man’ has become a darling of the social media over his ‘bromance’ with Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse.

Known for his cheekiness at the finish line, as Bolt grinned his way over the line yet again, he was greeted with a big flashing smile by the Canadian runner prompting netizens to go gaga over the ‘brolympic bromance’.

The social media has now erupted with hilariously adorable tweets, photos and memes of the pair who are now affectionately referred to as “Debolt”.

Having met for the first time at Rio, the duo has been a picture of on field camaraderie. Their budding friendship was first seen during the 100m race, when Bolt celebrated his win by embracing de Grasse, who came third.

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Tribute to the refugee Olympic team

Their participation is a tribute to the courage and perseverance of all refugees around the world. And now a team of Brazilian artists has paid tribute to the first ever Olympic refugee team with a mural.

As a sign of their admiration and respect, Brazilian artists Rodrigo Sini and Cety Soledade immortalised the exploits of the refugee team by painting portraits of all the 10 athletes who competed in the Games as a symbol of hope and bring global attention to the magnitude of the refugee crisis.

The mural is located on Olympic Boulevard, a redeveloped port district in Rio de Janeiro.

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Tribute to Brazilian Bombshell

The closing ceremony of the globe’s greatest sporting extravaganza promises to be a gala affair with a special tribute to one of Brazil’s enduring cultural icon, actress- singer Carmen Miranda.

Samba star Roberta SAi will pay the special homage to the popular samba singer, dancer, Broadway actress and film star who went on to star in several Hollywood movies including “Down Argentine Way”.

The carnival-inspired closing ceremony, to be staged at the Maracana Stadium, will also pay tribute to landscaping genius Roberto Burle Marx, who designed the Flamengo Park and the famous mosaic that runs along the boulevard by Copacabana beach.

Nicknamed ‘Brazilian Bombshell’, Carmen Miranda was immortalised by the US Postal Service in a series of postage stamps.

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