There will be 63 Athletes walking out in tonight’s Olympic Ceremony alongside Flag Bearers Cate Campbell and Patty Mills. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.
The pair have been granted the option to select someone special to them to march with them as they lead Team Australia out in tonight’s Opening Ceremony.
Campbell has selected her coach Simon Cusack while Mills has chosen Team Manager, Mareeba boy, and close friend Albert Junior Viranatuleo.
Campbell and Mills will be followed by Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman, Deputy Chef de Mission, and three-time Olympian Susie O’Neill as well as Sam Stosur who is representing Australia in her fifth Olympics, and Melissa Wu and Joe Ingles who are competing in their fourth.
They will then be followed by Olympians in order of Olympic appearances then followed by Olympic debutants.
Mills will be supported by all of his teammates ahead of their match against Nigeria on Sunday, July 25th.
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Ian Chesterman says he’s delighted at the number of athletes who have expressed a desire to march.
“We have always prioritised performance first and the athletes understand that. To march is a wonderful experience and that needs to be balanced against the realities of preparation for competition,” Chesterman said.
“For many, it is simply not possible to take part in the Ceremony, but to have so many march is wonderful
“This is a special Team. Each athlete has endured a difficult path to these Games – and they have responded.
“To have so many march and so many others participate in a special ceremony back in our allotment where they will march around the Village as a group shows how proud they are as Australians to march behind those Australian flags.
“Those who get to march behind Cate and Patty will certainly have a night to remember. Everyone in the whole team is very proud of our Flag Bearers as great ambassadors for our country.”
Australia will be 36th in the order out of 206 countries with Team Greece the first country in the parade of nations with the host team in Japan to be the last team to enter the stadium
A breakdown of the athletes by Sport
- Badminton – 3
- Basketball (Womens) – 10
- Basketball (Mens) -12
- Beach Volleyball – 3
- Boxing- 5
- Canoe (Slalom) – 3
- Diving – 6
- Judo – 2
- Surfing – 3
- Swimming – 1
- Table Tennis -2
- Taekwondo – 1
- Tennis – 8
- Weightlifting – 4
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