PV Sindhu front-runner to become India’s flag bearer at Tokyo Olympics

For this year's Olympics, India will have one male and female athlete as the flag bearer at the opening ceremony.

PV Sindhu in a file photo; Credit: Twitter
By Aaryanshi Mohan | Jun 26, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

India’s star shuttler, PV Sindhu is one of the front runners at this year’s Tokyo Olympics. The shuttler could be one of the two flag bearers of the Indian tri-colour.

For this year’s Olympics, India will have one male and female athlete as the flag bearer at the opening ceremony. The Olympics are scheduled to begin from July 23, 2021. The games were postponed from 2020 to 2021 owing to the pandemic.

The official announcement will happen at the end of this month. But it is all but certain that Sindhu will be one of the flag-bearers. Sindhu’s past record has made her an ideal candidate this year.

“Sindhu is likely to be one of the flag-bearers,” an IOA source told PTI.

Medal winners are not necessarily flag bearers. But convention has been that last edition’s medal winner always has been the flag-bearer for the next edition.

From last edition, there were two medallists and one of them wrestler Sakshi Malik has not qualified during this edition.

It is still not clear who among the male athletes will be the joint flag-bearer. Some of the big names include athlete Neeraj Chopra, TT player Sharath Kamal, wrestler Bajrang Punia, boxer Amit Panghal to name a few.

PV Sindhu: preparation for Tokyo Olympics

India’s medal hopeful PV Sindhu is hoping to add a new set of techniques and skills to her game while participating in the Tokyo Olympics. The 2019 World Champion said a lot of “tricky players” will be there in Tokyo and they will have different styles, hence it is important for her to raise her game with her own tactics. Speaking from Hyderabad in a virtual media interaction, facilitated by the Sports Authority on Thursday, Sindhu also spoke about how the pandemic had affected her preparations, but now she’s eagerly looking forward to the Olympics.