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Hedaya Malak and Alaa Abouelkassem to carry Egyptian flag at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Photo via Ahram Online

Two former Egyptian Olympic medalists, taekwondo fighter Hedaya Malak and fencer Alaa Abouelkassem, were chosen by the Egyptian Olympic Committee (EOC) to carry the Egyptian flag during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.

Hedaya will become the first Egyptian woman to wear the country’s flag at the Olympics.

This edition also marks the first time that two athletes have carried the Egyptian flag, with the country’s delegation being the largest in its history. The delegation will include 134 athletes in 27 sports.

“We have chosen two Olympic champions because we aim to convey several messages through our choice. We wanted to motivate all of our female and male athletes to succeed and show them that they will be honored and celebrated by carrying the country’s flag and leading the delegation, ”said Hesham Hattab, EOC leader on the committee’s official Facebook page.

Photo via Ahram Online

Hedaya won bronze at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, and Alaa won silver at the Olympic Games in London in 2012. This gave them both the necessary qualifications to lead the delegation, according to the COE. “These athletes are worthy of leading the rest of the athletes to a repeat of the triumphs in Tokyo,” Hattab concluded.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will take place from July 23 to August 11.

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