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PV Sindhu, Sharath Kamal confirmed as India’s flag bearers for Paris Olympics

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has announced that India will continue the tradition of having two flag bearers for the Paris 2024 Olympics, following the precedent set at Tokyo 2020. This decision aligns with the International Olympic Committee‘s push for gender equality in sports.

PV Sindhu: Female Flag Bearer

PV Sindhu, the badminton ace, has been chosen as the female flag bearer for the Indian contingent.

Sindhu’s Olympic Achievements:

  • Silver medal at 2016 Rio Olympics
  • Bronze medal at 2020 Tokyo Olympics
  • First Indian woman to win two individual Olympic medals


Sindhu’s appointment recognizes her consistent performance at the highest level and her status as one of India’s most successful Olympians.

Sharath Kamal: Male Flag Bearer

Sharath Kamal, the veteran table tennis player, will serve as the male flag bearer.

Kamal’s Achievements:

  • 13-time Commonwealth Games medallist
  • Participated in four Olympic Games (2004, 2008, 2016, 2020)
  • Padma Shri awardee in 2019


Kamal’s selection acknowledges his long-standing contribution to Indian table tennis and his role as a senior statesman in Indian sports.

The Role and Importance of Flag Bearers

Flag bearers play a crucial symbolic role in the Olympics:

  1. Leadership: They lead the country’s delegation during the opening ceremony parade.
  2. National Pride: They proudly display the national flag, representing the entire nation.
  3. Inspiration: Their selection often inspires younger athletes and showcases the country’s sporting heroes.
  4. Diplomatic Significance: They are often the face of the nation in international media coverage of the opening ceremony.

Important takeaways for all competitive Exams

  • Indian Olympic Association President: P. T. Usha;
  • Indian Olympic Association  Founded: 1927;
  • Indian Olympic Association Headquarters: New Delhi, India.

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