The Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) on Monday confirmed that boxer Mary Kom and males’s hockey staff captain Manpreet Singh could be the flag bearers for the Indian contingent on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Wrestler Bajrang Punia would be the flag bearer on the closing ceremony.
“I’m very glad about being given this chance to be the flag bearer. I need to thank every and everybody, SAI, IOA, Sports activities Ministry, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It isn’t simple for everybody to be given this chance,” Mary Kom instructed ANI.
“I haven’t got phrases to specific my happiness as a result of this can be my final Olympics and being the flag bearer, it is a actually huge factor. Sure, expectations give strain it isn’t simple to sort out it however methods to deal with that strain, I’ve learnt,” she added.
Additional speaking concerning the Video games, Mary Kom mentioned: “I’ll try to deal with the strain. It is actually necessary to carry out effectively. I’m working actually arduous and specializing in each side, will attempt to do my greatest on the Video games.”
IOA President Narinder Batra has additionally confirmed that the full contingent for the Olympics could be round 126 athletes and 75 officers, and in consequence, the full contingent could be round 201.
The contingent contains 56 p.c males and 44 per cent girls. It has 76 quota locations and can compete in about 85 medal positions.
The Tokyo Olympics can be held from July 23 to August 8. The occasion was slated to be held final 12 months, but it surely needed to be postponed as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.