It's huge honour to be the Flag Bearer of the Indian contingent at the Opening Ceremony," says Indian Men's Hockey Team Skipper
Jul 07, 2021 00:38 [IST]
Last Update: Jul 07, 2021 00:38 [IST]
Indian Men's Hockey Team Skipper Manpreet Singh expressed immense
excitement upon being named the Flag Bearer of the Indian contingent for the
opening ceremony on 23 July at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The announcement
was made by Indian Olympic Association today. "This is amazing, and I am
speechless," stated Manpreet when he heard about IOA's decision.
Manpreet becomes only the 6th hockey player to be named the Flag
Bearer of the Indian contingent for the opening ceremony at the Olympic Games.
In the past, Lal Shah Bhokari (1932 Olympics), Major Dhyan Chand (1936
Olympics), Balbir Singh Sr (1952 & 1956 Olympics), Zafar Iqbal (1984
Olympics) and Pargat Singh (1996 Olympics) have had the honour of being Flag
Bearers of the Indian contingent at the Olympic Games opening ceremony.
The 29-year-old Manpreet who has amassed 269 international caps
further went on to state that this is a huge moment not only for him but also
for Indian hockey. "I think it's a huge honour to be named the Flag Bearer
for the opening ceremony alongside the incredible Mary Kom. I have always been
inspired by her journey in boxing and personally for me, this is a big moment
in my career, and it is also a huge moment for hockey. I thank the Indian
Olympic Association for this great opportunity, and I am looking forward to the
responsibility at the Opening Ceremony in Tokyo," added the charismatic
midfielder who will be playing his third Olympic Games.