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Olympics: a tandem of strong symbolic and ambitious French flag bearers

2021-07-21T14:53:25.451Z

ANALYSIS - For the first time, a man, the gymnast Samir Aït Saïd, and a woman, the judokate Clarisse Agbegnenou, will lead the French troops during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.



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For the first time, Friday at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, the French team will parade behind two flag bearers during the opening ceremony (8 p.m. in Japan, 1 p.m. in France). A man, the gymnast Samir Aït Saïd, and a woman, the judokate Clarisse Agbegnenou. Parity obliges. A choice (strongly) encouraged by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), but which was not an obligation. Except that such a solution was already trotting in the minds of a certain number of members of the French Olympic movement, which was only waiting for a green light from above. Unfortunately, this great first will take place in a very bleak context, in a stadium devoid of public and with sanitary measures that will make this traditional great moment of sharing between athletes from around the world very cold and solemn.

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However, this gloomy environment will not take anything away from the “

happiness

” of a Clarisse Agbegnenou who was keen to succeed her judoka colleague and friend Teddy Riner.

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Source: lefigaro

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