Olympic Games Rio 2016

RIO 2016: the Luxembourg delegation

The COSL (Luxembourg Olympic and Sports Committee) presented the athletes taking part for Luxembourg in Rio in August 2016.

Delegation-LU-JO2016-bisOn 16 January 2016, during an official ceremony – after the presentation at the grand ducal palace –, the Luxembourg Olympic and Sports Committee presented the team of athletes representing the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, from 5 to 21 August 2016. The team is made up of 10 athletes who will take part in: athletics, road cycling, swimming, tennis and table tennis.

The team consists of the following athletes:

  • Charline MATHIAS

Athletics: 800m

Her portrait here

Facebook: www.facebook.com/charline.mathias

  • Charles GRETHEN

Athletics: 800m

His portrait here

Facebook: www.facebook.com/charles.grethen.track/?fref=ts

  • Christine MAJERUS

Cycling: road / track

Her portrait here

Facebook: www.facebook.com/christine.majerus

  • Chantal HOFFMANN

Cycling: road       

Her portrait here

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chantal.hoffmann.94

  • Frank SCHLECK

Cycling: road

His portrait here

Facebook: facebook.com/frank.schleck.37


Swimming: 200m and 400m individual medley, 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke

His portrait here

Facebook: www.facebook.com/stacchiotti?fref=ts

  • Laurent CARNOL

Swimming: 100m and 200m breaststroke

His portrait here

Facebook: www.facebook.com/laurent.carnol

  • Julie MEYNEN

Swimming: freestyle and butterfly

Her portrait here

Facebook: www.facebook.com/julie.meynen

  • Xia Lian NI

Table tennis

Her portrait here

Wikipedia: fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ni_Xia_Lian 

  • Gilles MULLER


His portrait here

Wikipédia: fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilles_Muller

On 12 July 2016, the team was invited to a reception held by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Sports Minister Romain Schneider.

Some figures about the 2016 team: 

Average age  29.5 years
Number of women  5
Number of men  5
Number of disciplines  5
Total participations of the team's athletes in Olympic Games until now, all 2016 athletes confounded 11
Number of medals won by Luxembourgers since the beginning of the Olympic Games 4

For Chantal Hoffmann, Charline Mathias and Julie Meynen it's the first participation at Olympic Games, while Frank Schleck takes part for the third time (after Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008), as do Laurent Carnol and Raphaël Stacchiotti (after Beijing 2008 and London 2012). Gilles Müller and Christine Majerus take part for the second time (after London 2012). For Xia Lian Ni, it's going to be the 4th participation in Olympic Games. Competitions kick off on Saturday 6 August with cyclism, swimming, tennis and table tennis. Athletics competitions start on Friday 12 August.

Yonas KINDÉ for 'Team Refugees'

For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, a complete team made up of refugees will be taking part. The team was created at the initiative of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). 

Its aim is to send a message of hope to all refugees in the world and attract the attention of everyone to the scale of the refugee crisis. The IOC and UNHCR have chosen to give these athletes, who can not be part of the official delegations of their host countries, the opportunity to compete in the Olympics. 

The #TeamRefugees team consists of ten athletes from South Sudan, Syria, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, all refugees either in Belgium, Luxembourg, Kenya, Brazil and Germany. Among them is 36 year old marathon runner Yonas Kindé, an Ethiopian having lived in Luxembourg since 2012, and having been given the official international protection statute in 2013. He is currently training with Yves Göldi at the National School of Physical Education and Sport (ENEPS) of Luxembourg and has won marathons in Europe (particularly in Frankfurt in 2015). 

At the opening ceremony of the Olympics, the 'Team Refugees' will enter under the Olympic flag, just after the host country Brazil. They also have their own welcoming ceremony at the Olympic Village.

The COSL has a special website for the Rio Olympics, through which it will communicate about all the activities of the Luxembourg athletes.

The Paralympic Games


                                   Tom Habscheid                                                                           Joël Wagener

For the Paralympic Games, to be held in Rio from 7 to 18 September 2016, two Luxembourg athletes were nominated: weight thrower Tom Habscheid – having officially passed the selection criteria A at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix IPC (International Paralympic Committee) in Dubai in March 2016 – and category MH4 handcyclist Joël Wagener.

Way to go for both of them, as they have been preparing the Paralympics since 2011.

(Article written by the editorial team of the portal 'www.luxembourg.lu')

  • Updated 16-08-2016