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Sailor Hannah Mills and rower Mohamed Sbihi both won gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics; they will share the honor at the opening ceremony on Friday following an IOC directive in March 2020 where each team could have a flag bearer to represent both sexes

Last update: 07/22/21 6:30 a.m.

Hannah Mills to become the first female sailor to wear the Union flag

Olympic champions Hannah Mills and Mohamed Sbihi have been named the GB team’s first joint flag bearers for Friday’s opening ceremony in Tokyo.

The pair will share the honor following a directive from the International Olympic Committee in March 2020, that each team could have a flag bearer to represent both sexes.

Mills, 33, won gold in sailing in 2016 in the 470 women category alongside Saskia Clark, and will defend the title in Tokyo with new teammate Eilidh McIntyre.

Sbihi, who is the fourth rower to be named flag bearer, won gold in the coxless four-man in Rio and will compete in the eight-man in the Japanese capital.

The British Olympic Association has said that Mills and Sbihi, who were chosen by a GB team jury after being nominated by their respective sports, are athletes who “embody the Olympic values ​​and uphold the values ​​of pride, responsibility, respect and unity of the GB team ”.

Mills, who will become the first female sailor to wear the Union flag, said: “Being asked to carry the GB team flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is not a phrase that I would have thought to pronounce.

“When (the chef de mission) Mark (England) told me that I had been chosen, it was completely overwhelming and when I had a moment to think about what that meant, I became quite moved.

“It is the greatest honor of my career and I hope more than ever that these Games can uplift our country and provide incredible sporting moments to inspire the nation.”

Mills and Sbihi are following in the footsteps of Sir Andy Murray, who carried the flag at the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Sbihi, who is competing in his third Games, said: “It is such an honor to be invited to be the flag bearer of the GB team.

“It’s an iconic moment within the Olympic Movement – people remember those pictures. I certainly remember the pictures of Andy from Rio and even before I was a rower I remember seeing Sir Matt and Sir Steve so that’s something I’m incredibly proud of. “

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