ZHU TING HONOURED AS CHINA’S TOKYO OLYMPICS FLAG BEARER

ZHU TING HONOURED AS CHINA’S TOKYO OLYMPICS FLAG BEARER

The 26-year-old superstar is the seventh volleyball player announced for Parade of Nations next week

Rio 2016 Olympics gold medallist and MVP Zhu Ting has been named as China’s flag bearer for the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics starting next week.

The superstar is the seventh volleyball player announced already to represent their country at the Opening Ceremony as flag bearer.

She will be joined by Rio 2016 taekwondo gold medallist Zhao Shuai in leading the China delegation at the Parade of Nations around the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on July 23. The Opening Ceremony begins at 20:00 local time (11:00 GMT).

Kenya’s Mercy Moim, South Korea’s Kim Yeon Koung, Tunisia’s Mehdi Ben Cheikh, the Dominican Republic’s Prisilla Rivera, Brazil’s Bruno Rezende and Russia’s Maxim Mikhaylov (competing under the Russian Olympic Committee flag) are the other volleyball players honoured to represent their country as flag bearers.

Chile’s Marco Grimalt is the only beach volleyball player announced so far as flag bearer.

Two days after the Opening Ceremony Zhu will lead her side against Turkey on the first day of women’s action at Tokyo 2020 Olympics as they embark on their campaign to defend their title from Rio 2016.

The men’s competition begins a day earlier, on July 24.

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