On July 22, Beijing time, the British delegation participating in the Tokyo Olympics confirmed the flag bearers for the opening ceremony. They were the female athlete Hannah Mills and the male athlete Mohamed Spich who won the championship at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Mills is the first female sailing athlete in the flag holder of the opening ceremony of the British delegation. Before, Rodney Pattison, a male athlete who won two Olympic sailing gold medals, served as a flag bearer in 1976.
“This is the greatest honor of my career,” Mills said. “I look forward to this Olympics more than ever, because this time I can dedicate some incredible sports moments to inspire the people. When I’m in At the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, I raised the national flag and entered the venue. I know what this means. I will definitely become very excited and excited by then.”
At the Tokyo Olympics, Mills and Elid McIntyre will fight to defend their titles. Mills is also the third female standard bearer in the history of the British delegation. Swimmer Anita Lonsbro was the standard bearer of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and judo athlete Kate Howey served as the standard bearer of the 2004 Olympics.
In the 2016 Rio Olympics, the famous tennis player Murray served as the flag bearer of the British delegation. For the Tokyo Olympics, Spich will be the male flag bearer of the British delegation. He is also a member of the rowing championship team of the Rio Olympics. Prior to this, British rowers Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent and Jack Bellsford had also served as standard bearers for the British delegation.
“This is a landmark moment in the Olympic movement,” Spich said: “People will remember this moment forever. I remember the image of Murray at the Rio Olympics. Even before I became a rower, I I remember the moment when I saw my three seniors raise the flag, so this is something I am extremely proud of.”
The British delegation consists of 376 official athletes and 22 substitute athletes. This is also the largest overseas Olympic delegation in British history. They will compete in 26 events in the Tokyo Olympics.
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