Mary Kom is set to participate in her final Olympics.© BFI
After being named India’s flagbearer for the Opening Ceremony at the Tokyo Olympics, boxer Mary Kom on Monday said she is more than happy to be provided this possibility and she will do her best at the Games. The Indian Olympic Organization (IOA) on Monday confirmed that boxer Mary Kom and men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh will be the flagbearers for the Indian contingent at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Wrestler Bajrang Punia would be the flagbearer at the closing ceremony.
“I am more than happy approximately being provided this possibility to be the flagbearer. I wish to thank each and every and everyone, SAI, IOA, Sports Ministry, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It isn’t easy for everyone to be provided this possibility,” Mary Kom told ANI.
“I do not have words to express my happiness because this will be my final Olympics and being the flag bearer, it is a in point of fact big object. Yes, expectations give pressure it is not easy to tackle it but how to care for that pressure, I have learnt,” she added.
Further talking approximately the Games, Mary Kom said: “I can try and care for the pressure. It’s in point of fact important to perform polite. I am working in point of fact tough and that specialize in each aspect, will try to do my best at the Games.”
IOA President Narinder Batra has also confirmed that the complete contingent for the Olympics would be around 126 athletes and 75 officials, and because of this, the complete contingent would be around 201.
The contingent comprises 56 per cent men and 44 per cent women. It has 76 quota places and will compete in approximately 85 medal positions.
The Tokyo Olympics would be held from July 23 to August 8. The event was once slated to be held final year, but it needed to be postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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