Boxers Kellie Harrington and Brendan Irvine will lead Ireland within the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics, carrying the tricolour
Each nation attending the Games has to pick out a male and a feminine to hold their nation’s flag throughout the opening ceremony.
Harrington and Irvine might be becoming a member of an inventory of legends like Sonia O’Sullivan, Niall Griffin and Katie Taylor who’ve been flag bearers for Ireland.
Boxing is Ireland’s most profitable Olympic sport with 16 of Ireland’s 31 medals coming within the competitors. Seeing this, it’s comprehensible why Team Ireland selected the boxing staff captain, Irvine, and one in every of light-weight’s high seeded boxers, Harrington, for the duty.
This might be Irvine’s second time at an Olympic Games after he competed at Rio 2016. This is Harrington’s first look on the Olympics however she stands as probably the greatest in her weight class.
Speaking about her choice, Harrington mentioned:
“This means a lot to me, to have the ability to characterize not solely myself as an individual, however as a boxer, for boxing, for my household and for Ireland. It’s an incredible honour, there are such a lot of athletes out right here, and to be chosen as one of many flag-bearers is completely implausible.
“I can’t believe it really. Walking out there and realising I’m the flag-bearer, it’s the start of the Olympic Games, and I’m at the pinnacle of our sport.”
TEAM IRELAND FLAGBEARERS NAMED
— Team Ireland (@TeamIreland) July 20, 2021
Team Ireland is sending 116 athletes to Tokyo this summer season, lots of them already within the Olympic village.
The first of the Irish athletes to compete would be the rowers on Friday, 23rd July. The opening ceremony will happen later that night, RTE will start protection of the occasion at 11:30.
The competitors will run till Sunday, 8th August and hopefully just a few Irish athletes might be bringing house medals too.
— Nicci Daly (@NicciDaly22) July 19, 2021
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