Mary Kom, Manpreet Singh to be carries Indian flag for Tokyo Games opening ceremony.

In the first time, India has two flag bearers one male and one female at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics to ensure " gender equality

UMC Mary Kom, a six-time boxing champion, and Manpreet Singh, a men's hockey champion, will be Indian flag bearers at the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Tokyo, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) announced on Monday.

Bajrang Punia, a silver medalist at the 2018 World Wrestling Championship, will be the flag bearer at the closing ceremony on August 8.

For the first time, India has two flag bearers - one male and one female - at the upcoming Tokyo Games to ensure " gender equality ". The IOA has appealed this decision to the Games Organizing Committee.

The competition contains 56 percent of men and 44 percent of women sportspersons.

“It would be a great moment for me considering my final Olympics. Who knows if I ever get really depressed, ”Mary Kom told PTI. “I am happy to have this opportunity to lead the team outside during the opening ceremony. It could be an additional motive. I promise to do my best to get the medal, ”She said

After hearing the IOA decision, Manpreet Singh, 29, said, “I think it is a great honor to be nominated as the flag bearer for the opening ceremony and the amazing Mary Kom. I’ve always been inspired by his boxing journey and personally to me, this is a great time in my career, and it’s also a great time for hockey. I thank the Indian Olympic Association for this wonderful opportunity, and I look forward to the responsibility at the Opening Ceremony in Tokyo. ”

The Tokyo Games are expected to open on July 23 and more than 100 Indian athletes will be sowing to finish the podium in the postponed match.

Earlier last year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made arrangements flag-bearers from both genders Male and Female at the opening ceremony.

"The IOC Executive Committee has decided that there should be for the first time at least one female and a male athlete in all 206 teams and the IOC Refugee Olympic team participating in the Games," said King Thomas Bach.