South African swimmer, Chad le Clos, says he is humbled by the opportunity to be one of South Africa's flag bearers at the Olympic Games ceremony on Friday.
Le Clos will be flying the South African flag at the opening ceremony along with South African women's hockey goalkeeper, Phumelela Mbande.
Despite being South Africa's most decorated Olympian of all time, Le Clos has never carried the flag at the prestigious opening ceremony, with Caster Semenya doing the honours in 2012 and Wayde van Niekerk in 2016, reports Sport24.
"It's a huge honour not only for me but for my family. It's another gold medal for me even before the Games start.
"To represent my country at this level, you dream of this when you're a kid. It's really awesome. I'm humbled by this," the 29-year-old told Sport24.
The opening ceremony won't be attended by any fans, as it's been decided by the local organising committee that spectators won't be allowed. This decision was taken as concern was growing over the continued spread of Covid-19.
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