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Australian flagbearer Anna Meares has delivered a tear-jerking speech to her team ahead of what she says will be the highlight of her inspirational career at the Rio Games.An emotional Meares broke down as she told teammates and officials of her love for the Olympics and how proud shell be to lead them into Maracana Stadium for Friday nights opening ceremony.Despite having won five medals, including two gold, since debuting at Athens in 2004, her desire for the event burns just as bright as ever as she becomes the first female Australian cyclist to compete in a fourth Games.In a speech which delighted Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, AOC team boss Kitty Chiller and athletes alike, Meares said she still very much remained the coal miners daughter from Blackwater who dreamed big.For me I love what I do and Im still here because I love wearing the green and gold, she said after the teams flag-raising ceremony at the Olympic village.I get a few rare days every four years to put those colours on and represent my country.Im still chasing those dreams that I had growing up as a little girl growing up in country Queensland, and that will never leave me.Meares cried as she delivered that line to her team, which also brought tears from many in the 421-strong team.Boxer Shelley Watts revealed she and kayak star Jess Fox were among those who shed tears.It was phenomenal, said Watts. You know it hits home when its said by someone like Anna and she just speaks from the heart.Cosgrove and Chiller also delivered uplifting speeches to the team before they attended the official welcome to the athletes village with Pacific neighbours Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.It took Meares two days to write her speech, only finished five minutes before addressing teammates during a team motivational session.The thing that was most challenging for me is what do you say to a group of mates who are motivated and Im inspired and successful already, she said.Thats why I spent so long trying to find the right words for them. I just didnt know what to say so I gave them a piece of me.The 32-year-old multiple world champion, who came back from a career-threatening neck injury to compete at the Beijing Games, cant wait for Friday nights opening ceremony.The AOC has announced that 145 athletes will march behind Meares, with the numbers cut down due to almost 160 being in action on the first day of competition and advised against marching.I think it will be a moment that will be the biggest highlight in my life, she said. Not just for me but my family as well. Fake Basketball Jerseys Authentic . One game after a miserable showing in Oklahoma City, Gay tied a career high with 41 points and the Sacramento Kings cruised to a 114-97 victory at the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. Basketball Jerseys For Sale . Clarke was injured while practicing on the Doha Golf Club range after the pro-am on Tuesday. 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Liam Messam has suffered his second selection blow in the space of a fortnight, told he is ineligible to play for the Chiefs in the Super Rugby playoffs.SANZAAR informed the Chiefs they cant field the 43-Test All Blacks flanker in the knockout phase as he hasnt played enough regular season games.The ruling was made hours before the 25-man Chiefs squad were to begin their travel to Cape Town, where they face the Stormers in a quarter-final on Saturday.Messam has been replaced in the squad by flanker Tevita Koloamatangi, who hasnt played a game this year.Under SANZAAR rules, Messam needed to have played four games to be eligible as he wasnt included in their initial season squad of 40.The Chiefs sought dispensation because of a high injury toll to their loose forwards but SANZAAR declined, deeming they had enough players available to them.Messam, 32, had dedicated his season to Sevens rugby, seeking an Olympic berth.He missed selection this month and immediately re-joined the team he had represented a record 144 times, coming off the bench against the Reds iin Brisbane and then starting in Saturdays 25-15 loss to the Highlanders.ddddddddddddessam was philosophical with his reaction on Twitter.Sometimes its just not meant to be. They say when life gives you lemons turn it into lemonade.Meanwhile, two-Test All Blacks centre Seta Tamanivalu has been ruled out of the trip with a knee injury suffered during the loss in Dunedin. He could yet be available for the semifinals if the Chiefs advance.It puts pressure on the midfield, with little-used Sam Vaka a contender to start at centre.Chiefs travelling squad:Backs: Damian McKenzie, Shaun Stevenson, Toni Pulu, Sam Vaka, Sam McNichol, James Lowe, Anton Lienert-Brown, Aaron Cruden, Stephen Donald, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Brad Weber.Forwards: Tom Sanders, Tevita Koloamatagi, Sam Cane, Lachlan Boshier, Taleni Seu, Brodie Retallick, Dominic Bird, Atu Moli, Siegfried Fisiihoi, Siate Tokolahi, Kane Hames, Mitchell Graham, Hika Elliot, Nathan Harris. ' ' '

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