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Tokyo 2020: Here I stand as flag bearer of my nation, says proud MC Mary Kom

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Tokyo: Two hours before the start of the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, India’s flag-bearer MC Mary Kom on Friday said that she is proud to be representing the country on the big stage.

Mary Kom shared photos on Twitter and she captioned the post as: “Here I stand before the opening ceremony of #Tokyo2020 as a flag bearer of my nation, India. #Cheer4India.”

Boxer Mary Kom alongside men’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh will be India’s flag bearers at the Opening Ceremony while grappler Bajrang Punia will be the flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony.

Twenty-five members from the Indian contingent will attend the Opening Ceremony to be held on Friday at the National Stadium amid the COVID-19 concerns in the Japanese capital.

Ankita Raina has been added to the list of players who will attend the event on Friday evening while Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal from the Table Tennis team will not attend the ceremony, IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta confirmed on Twitter. Amit, Ashish Kumar, Mary Kom are among the eight boxers who will be present at the function along with six Indian officials.

“Change in athletes list — Sharat Kamal and Manika Batra of Table Tennis are cancelled and Ankita from Tennis is added,” Rajeev Mehta tweeted with an updated list of players and officials who are set to represent India in the ceremony.

Archers, shooters, shuttlers, and hockey players (except Manpreet) from the Indian contingent will not attend the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Notably, all those who have been asked to skip the ceremony have their respective events the following day. In the ceremony, India is at serial number 21 in the march past. The sequence of march past is as per the Japanese alphabet and only six officials can participate from each participating nation.

A total of 127 athletes across 18 sports disciplines from India are participating in Olympics. This is the biggest-ever contingent India has sent to any Olympics. The 69 cumulative events across the 18 sport disciplines that India will participate in are also the highest ever for the country.

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