Abhinav Bindra led India’s largest ever Olympic contingent at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics 2016.
Dressed in blue blazers and sarees, the best sports athletes of India were all smiles, waving flags as they walked during the ceremony that was a display of Brazilian energy, colours and music. This is the first time that the South American country has hosted Olympics.
Bindra walked off in the front with the Indian tri-colour in hand as other athletes of the country followed his path to the stage while Brazil, being the hosts, was the last to enter.
The Beijing Games gold medallist, the 33-year-old Bindra who will be appearing in his fifth straight Olympics, had declined the request to carry the flag at the London Olympics as it was too close to his event.
Abhinav Bindra said that it is my last Games and was going to go to the opening ceremony in any case.
Bindra, who had carried the national flag in the opening ceremony of the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010, had always been skeptical about attending the opening ceremonies as they clashed with his air rifle event that is always held early. It would be a different case this time.
Since no training is possible on August 6, It will not not hamper Bindra’s preparations as his event is scheduled for August 8.
To be the flag bearer at the Olympic Games is an athletes ultimate honor.I am humbled & grateful to be considered worthy of this great honor
— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) June 10, 2016
This is the second time a shooter was India’s flag bearer at the Olympic Games. In 2008 Beijing Olympics, Rajyavardhan Rathore had led the Indian contingent at the opening ceremony.
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 6, 2016