On Monday, the Indian Olympics Association (IOA) announced the official Indian flag bearers for the Tokyo Olympics. The six-time world champion Mary Kom and India’s men’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh will be the flag bearers for the Olympics Opening Ceremony while Bajrang Punia will be the flag bearers for the closing ceremony.
The IOA President Narinder Batra made the announcement official on Monday. While announcing the flag bearers the president also clarified that a total of 126 athletes will participate at Tokyo Olympics along with 75 officials. So Indian contingent of 201 people will actively participate in the Tokyo Olympics.
Huge Moment For Mary Kom; To Lead Team India at Opening Ceremony
After the news break, Mary Kom expressed her feelings to PTI. Mary Kom said,
It would be a huge huge moment for me given that it is my last Olympics. Who knows I might even get emotionally overwhelmed. I am truly honored to get this opportunity of leading the team out during the opening ceremony and I thank the sports ministry and IOA for naming me. It would be an added motivation for me. I promise to do my best for a medal.
The Indian contingent consists of 56% men and 44% women. The Indian Sports minister Kiren Rijuju also feels that the Indian team will have one of the best results in the Olympics so far.
Being the flag bearer and leading your country during the Olympics opening ceremony is a huge moment. It is one of those achievements which few people get to experience. The first Indian flag bearer at the Olympics was 400m sprinter Purma Banerjee at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium.
To date, seventeen people have been honored and led team India into the Olympics. From seventeen, eight people have been Olympic medal winners.
Abhinav Bindra is the only individual gold medallist to lead the team during the Olympics Opening Ceremony.
The Tokyo Olympics will be conducted from 23rd July to 8th August. Stay tuned to our blog for more exciting and fresh news updates.