IOC to allow male and female flagbearers at Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony

The International Olympic Committee (IOC)

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday gave groups at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics the choice of getting a male and female competitor carrying their nation‘s flags at the opening ceremony.

“We have changed the rules to allow National Olympic Committees to nominate a female and a male athlete to jointly bear their flag during the opening ceremony,” mentioned an IOC assertion.

“We encourage all National Olympic Committees to make use of this option.”

The IOC additionally introduced that July 24-August 9 Olympics would be the “first gender-balanced Olympic Games in history with 48.8 percent women’s participation”.

The IOC’s government board assembly added that there ought to be — for the primary time — at least one female and one male athlete in each one of many 206 groups in addition to the Refugee Olympic Team taking part.