— Published 2 July 2021

French flag bearers to be announced early this week

France

The suspense will soon be over. The French Olympic Committee (CNOSF), now chaired by Brigitte Henriques, will unveil the identity of the flag bearers for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games on Monday, July 5th. They will be announced at the beginning of the evening, live during the 8pm news on France Télévisions. One man and one woman will be designated for both the Olympic Games and the Paralympic event to lead the delegation. After the withdrawal of the horserider Astier Nicolas, whose horse is injured, there are 11 candidates: Clarisse Agbegnenou (judo), Johanne Defay (surfing), Sandrine Gruda (basketball), Maïva Hamadouche (boxing), Kristina Mladenovic (tennis), Mélina Robert-Michon (athletics) and Charline Picon (windsurfing) on the women’s side, and Samir Ait-Saïd (gymnastics), Maxime Beaumont (canoeing), Renaud Lavillenie (athletics) and Florent Manaudou (swimming) on the men’s. The choice will be made by a vote of the French athletes, between Friday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 4th, with each federation present at the Games being represented by two voters. For the Paralympic Games, the decision will be taken between Stéphane Houdet (tennis), David Smetanine (swimming), Pierre Fairbank (athletics), Sandrine Martinet (judo), Perle Bouge (rowing), Nantenin Keita (athletics) and Souhad Ghazouani (weightlifting). An online vote was organised for the general public. It closed on Wednesday, June 30th.