Basketball player Patty Mills will become the first Indigenous Australian to carry the country’s flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympics after he was selected for the honor along with swimmer Cate Campbell on Tuesday.
Campbell will be the first swimmer to be Australia’s flag-bearer and the third in the sport after Max Metzker (Moscow 1980) and Andrew “Boy” Charlton (Los Angeles 1932), while Mills is the third basketball player, joining Lauren Jackson ( London 2012) and Andrew Gaze (Sydney 2000).
Both athletes will participate in their fourth Olympic Games in Tokyo this month, having made their debut in Beijing 2008, and will join a list of 23 Australians who have previously carried the flag at the Summer Games.
For the first time, the International Olympic Committee has asked all countries to have a male and female flag bearer to promote gender equality.
Sprinter Cathy Freeman lit the torch at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and then became the first indigenous Australian to win an individual Olympic gold medal.
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