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PV Sindhu joins Sharath Kamal as flag bearer at Olympics, Narang named Chef-de-Mission

PV Sindhu and Sharath Kamal have been chosen as flag bearers of India for the Paris Olympics.

PV Sindhu joins Sharath Kamal as flag bearer at Olympics, Narang named Chef-de-Mission

PV Sindhu is India's two-time Olympic medal winning badminton player. 


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 9 July 2024 4:22 AM GMT

Legendary shuttler PV Sindhu, the lone Indian woman to win two Olympic medals, joined ace paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal as the flag bearer of India for the opening ceremony at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

PT Usha, the president of the Indian Olympic Association, on Monday made the announcement.

"I am delighted to announce that India's only woman to win two Olympic medals, PV Sindhu, as the female Flag-bearer alongside Table Tennis ace A. Sharath Kamal in the opening ceremony," Usha said.

Meanwhile, Gagan Narang, the bronze medallist at the 2012 London Olympics in men's 10m Air Rifle event, has replaced six-time World Championships gold medallist MC Mary Kom as the Chef-de-Mission of the Indian contingent for Paris 2024.

"I was looking for an Olympic medalist to lead our contingent and my young colleague is an apt replacement for Mary Kom," said Usha.

The IOA appointed Narang as the Chef-de-Mission after boxer Mary Kom resigned from the post in April a month after the announcement. Mary Kom cited personal reasons for her decision to resign from the post.

Usha emphasised on Narang's Olympic experience and leadership qualities for tendering the role to him.

"I am confident that our athletes are well prepared to deliver outstanding performances and make India proud at the Paris 2024 Olympics," Usha remarked.

Chef-de-Mission is an important role during the Olympic campaign of a country.

Narang will be responsible for smooth campaigning of Indian athletes and ensuring their well being in Paris. He will also laise with the organising committee to fulfil the requirement of Indian athletes.

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