Team GB is delighted and proud to announce that Olympic champions Hannah Mills and Mohamed Sbihi, have been selected as the flagbearers for Friday’s Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
In a positive break from tradition, the IOC confirmed in March, 2020 that each National Olympic Committee could nominate one female and one male athlete as flagbearers.
Sailor, Mills, and rower, Sbihi, were selected from a group of athletes nominated to Team GB by sports. The nominees were chosen by their respective sports as athletes that exemplify the Olympic Values and uphold the Team GB Values of Pride, Responsibility, Respect and Unity.
The final selection for the honour was made by a panel headed by Team GB Chef de Mission Mark England, with the athletes being invited to lead the delegation over the last 24 hours.
Mills and Sbihi follow in the footsteps of some of Team GB’s most legendary athletes including Andy Murray, Kate Howey, Chris Hoy and also Anita Lonsborough, who was the first female to carry the flag for Team GB in Tokyo in 1964.
Mills, who will be defending her women’s 470 title alongside Eilidh McIntyre in Tokyo, will become the first female sailor to carry the Union flag, whilst Sbihi, a gold medallist in the men’s four five years ago, is the fourth rower to be given the privilege to march at the head of the delegation.
Speaking at Team GB sailing’s base in Enoshima after being confirmed as one of the flagbearers, Mills said:
Sbihi, who along with his rowing teammates are staying in the Olympic Village for the first time since Sydney 2000, spoke of his pride at being selected to represent Team GB’s delegation along with Mills: