Tokyo Olympics: Boxing legend Mary Kom and Hockey captain Manpreet Singh to be India’s flag bearers for the opening ceremony- Six-time boxing world champion Mary Kom and India’s Hockey captain Manpreet Singh have been chosen as India’s flag bearer for the opening ceremony at Tokyo games.
World championships silver medallist wrestler Bajrang Punia will be India’s flag-bearer for the closing ceremony on August 8.
Boxer MC Mary Kom & hockey player Manpreet Singh to be flag bearers of Indian contingent at Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony; wrestler Bajrang Punia to be flag bearer of the contingent at the closing ceremony
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— ANI (@ANI) July 5, 2021
The official size of the Indian contingent will be around 126 athletes and 75 officials, totalling 201.
The Indian contingent comprises 56 percent male and 44 percent female athletes, the IOA informed.
The contingent has 78 quota places and the athletes will compete in about 85 medal positions.
This will be Mary Kom’s swansong Olympics, having won the bronze at the 2012 London Games. For Manpreet, he will be playing his third Olympics edition after representing the country at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Games. Reigning Commonwealth and Asian Games champion Bajrang will be featured in his maiden Olympics.
“IOA is planning to declare the names on the 5th of July. We have some names which we are sorting out but as of now, majorly it is on PV Sindhu and Bajrang Punia but again it’s not official. Final names will be declared by 5th of July,” sources in the known development had earlier told ANI.
Meanwhile, the Sports Authority of India(SAI) and IOA continued their efforts to sensitise the Tokyo-bound athletes with a session titled ‘From India with Pride’ that helped them to understand the Japanese culture and address the possible barriers besides being ideal ambassadors of the country. Tuesday’s session was attended by badminton players and table tennis players like PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth, Manika Batra, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, and others. Renowned media professional Joy Bhattacharjya moderated the session for which Go Sports Foundation is the knowledge partner.
Sports Authority of India and the Indian Olympic Association are conducting three-session sensitisation programmes for all Tokyo-bound athletes.
Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony