It’s time to show your unfettered support for your country as the biggest-ever Indian contingent heads to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Olympics. To get you into the Games fever, Twitter on Tuesday launched more than 200 emojis.
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games begin on Saturday with the opening ceremony at Maracana Stadium.
Fans across the globe can now share their passion for their favourite teams with 207 hashtag-triggered team emojis. Tweeting with the three-letter country code hashtag — #IND for India — will trigger flag emojis for every team, including the Refugee Olympic Team (#ROT).
“Twitter’s activation of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will bring fans around the world together to see what’s happening with the teams before, during and after the top athletes compete for glory,” said Leslie Berland, CMO of Twitter. “Twitter, Vine and Periscope will offer fans inside access, commentary, highlights and conversation throughout the Games and as the action unfolds.”
You will also be able to trigger over 50 Olympics and sports emojis, which are available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. The hashtags that trigger sports emojis, as well as #Rio2016 and #Olympics, are also available in Japanese, Korean and Arabic.
All emojis will be available in the coming days.
Tennis star Sania Mirza launched the Indian flag emoji with a special video tweet.
Fans of the Indian team can also show their support by tweeting #KheloIndia to @IndiaSports to change their Twitter profile picture for the duration of the Olympics.
“2016 is the year of the Twitter Olympics and we’re happy that the ministry of youth affairs and sports has exclusively chosen Twitter to help fans get behind Team India for the Olympics,” said Aneesh Madani, head of sports partnerships, Twitter India.
Tweets from all over the world will be projected live on Rio’s aqueduct Arcos da Lapa.
The best way to stay close to the Olympics conversation is by following the official hashtag, #Rio2016, and the official accounts of the Rio 2016. For the latest from Team India, follow @IndiaSports and @IndianOlympians.