Swimmer Gaurika Singh will lead Nepal as flagbearer during the inaugural ceremony of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2020 scheduled from July 23 to August 8.
Singh, 19, took the world by surprise when she became the youngest athlete in the 2016 Rio Olympics at 13 years and 255 days.
Moreover, she won four gold medals during the South Asian Games held in December 2019 in Kathmandu.
According to the Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC), Singh will lead the five-member Nepali team in the march past during the opening ceremony.
|Gaurika Singh||Swimming||Women’s 100m freestyle|
|Alexander Gadegaard Shah||Swimming||Men’s 100m freestyle|
|Kalpana Pariyar||Shooting||Women’s 10m air rifle|
|Soniya Bhatta||Judo||Women’s 48kg|
|Saraswati Chaudhary||Running||Women’s 100m race|
While athletes Singh, Shah, and Chaudhary are selected for the Olympics directly, Pariyar and Bhatta are wild card entries.
This is the second time Nepal is participating in the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the same place where the Himalayan nation started their participation in Olympics in 1964. So far, Nepal had participated in the Olympics 14 times. However, the country has not won even one medal and hopes to prove its mettle in the upcoming Olympics.
“We are hopeful that the players would improve their personal records in the Games,” said National Sports Council (NSC) Member Secretary Ramesh Kumar Silwal.
Silwal is going to lead the Nepali team in the capacity of chef-de-mission in the Tokyo Olympics.
Likewise, NOC President Jeevan Ram Shrestha said that the Nepali team had the best ever and longest preparation for the Olympics. The team had started their training in May 2019 with 12 players receiving International Olympic Committee (IOC) scholarships.
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