|Photo provided by Venezuela's Presidency shows President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez (2nd L) and table tennis player Fabiola Ramos (3rd L) pose during a ceremony in Caracas, Venezuela, July 12, 2012. Fabiola Ramos was named as the flag bearer of the delegation of Venezuela for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. (Xinhua/Venezuela's Presidency)|
CARACAS, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Thursday headed the farewell ceremony for the Venezuelan Olympic delegation which will take part in London 2012.
During the ceremony held at Palacio de Miraflores, seat of the government in Caracas, Chavez gave the Venezuelan flag to table tennis player Fabiola Ramos, Venezuela's standard-bearer of the 69-athlete delegation.
The Venezuelan delegation will participate in 14 sports in the 30th Olympic Games, to be held from July 27 to August 12 in London. It's the fifth time Ramos takes part in the Olympic Games.
Chavez and all the participants in the ceremony, including the sports' authorities, wore the delegation's uniform for London 2012, which has the colors of the Venezuelan flag.
The Venezuelan president, a baseball fan, joked and greeted the presence of baseball player Antonio "Potro" Alvarez. Chavez also praised the performance of Venezuelan player Johan Santana in the United States' Mayor League Baseball.
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