Liberia’s first ever appearance at the Paralympic Games occurred at the London 2012 games with James “Bobby the Big” Siaffa who placed seventh overall in Powerlifting . Siaffa will journey to Rio 2016 to compete once again. According to the International Paralympic Committee website, Liberia also has an 18 year old Powerlifter registered to compete—Morris “Wonderful” Massallay. The official list of competitors will be released on the Rio website just before the games begin. With three days left until the Paralympic Games begin, let’s get ready to cheer on Liberia’s strong man Siaffa and his potential teammate Massallay.
The Parade of Nations is the most highly anticipated portion of the Opening Ceremony. Typically, nations display outfits of their respective cultures. For Rio 2016, many nations decided to go the casual route in simple pieces of blazers and slacks/shorts sets; similar to Liberia’s outfit choice in its first appearance at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne.
The traditional full garb of Liberia made its appearance at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and has remained true to this style even now in Rio.