The Canadian Olympic Committee has announced Team Canada’s flag bearers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
Three-time Olympic team member in basketball Miranda Ayim and co-captain of Canada’s men’s rugby sevens team Nathan Hirayama will carry Canada’s flag, representing the first time that two athletes will march with the Canadian flag at a Summer Games Opening Ceremony. Tokyo 2020 is the first summer Games where an athlete representing a team sport has been named as Canada’s Opening Ceremony flag bearer.
The news was unveiled in a special video from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
— Team Canada (@TeamCanada) July 19, 2021
Miranda Ayim made her Olympic debut in London 2012 and has been representing Canada internationally for 15 years. Canada’s women’s basketball team currently sits fourth in the FIBA Women’s World Rankings. She has announced she would be retiring post-Tokyo.
Member of the Canadian sevens team, Nathan Hirayama will be making his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020. He has competed in all three Pan American Games to include rugby sevens, winning two gold and one silver, and in three Commonwealth Games. This will be the first time Canada has a men’s rugby sevens team at the Olympic Games.
Though Canada is sending 371 players to Olympics this year and is Team Canada’s largest team since 1984, Ayim and Hirayama will be leading a smaller contingent during Opening Ceremony due to Olympic games COVID-19 restrictions which state that athletes can only arrive in the village five days before they compete, which means less athletes are in the village and those who are, will be on the verge of competing.