In the first, India could have two flags at the Tokyo Olympics.© AFP
In the first, two Indian flag bearers, one male and one female, could be at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics to ensure “gender parity,” Narinder Batra, head of the Indian Olympic Association, told PTI on Tuesday. The names will be announced “soon,” Batra said. “It has not yet been decided. The issue is still in the consultation phase, but there is a chance this year to carry two flags, one male and one female for gender parity,” Batra said. Abhinav Bindra was the flag bearer of the country’s Olympic gold medal at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
The Tokyo Games are scheduled to open on July 23 and more than 100 Indian athletes would make it to the podium on the show, which was delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
At last year’s board of directors, last year, the International Olympic Committee made provisions for those carrying the flag of both sexes at the opening ceremony.
“… The IOC Board of Directors decided, for the first time, that there should be at least one female and male athlete in all 206 teams and in the IOC Refugee Olympic Group participating in the OIO Olympics,“ IOC Chief Thomas Bach said.
“We also changed the rules to allow the NOC to allow the appointment of a female and male athlete during the opening ceremony. We encourage all NOCs to use this opportunity,” Bach said.
Great Britain has already announced that it will carry two flags for the event.
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