TOKYO (The Canadian Press) Women’s basketball player Miranda Ayim and men’s rugby sevens player Nathan Hirayama have been named Canada’s flag-bearers for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.
They are the first members of a team sport to be chosen to lead Canada’s athletes into a Summer Olympic Games.
“I feel so honoured to represent Team Canada and lead Team Canada in the opening ceremony alongside Nate,” Ayim said Monday in a video conference. “This past year and a half has demanded a high level of teamwork, and Canadians from coast to coast to coast stepped up and demonstrated togetherness, resilience and solidarity.”
The opening ceremony will take place Friday.
Tokyo will be the third and final Games for Ayim, who made her Olympic debut at London 2012 and announced she would be retiring after Tokyo.
Ayim and the fourth-ranked women’s basketball team start their quest for Canada’s first ever medal in the sport next Monday.