The names of the four athletes were revealed to the newspaper of 20 heures de France 2. They will lead the French delegations from July 23 to Sunday August 8 for the Olympic Games and from August 24 to September 5 for the Paralympics.
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18 days before the opening ceremony, the Tokyo Games have already started for the France team. Monday July 5, the four flag bearers for the Olympic and Paralympic Games were unveiled on France 2.
Clarisse Agbegnenou and Samir Ait Saïd have been appointed to represent the French delegation at the Olympic Games (July 23-August 8) while Sandrine Martinet and Stéphane Houdet are the lucky ones elected for the Paralympic Games (August 24-September 5).
For the first time, a duo respecting parity has the difficult task of carrying the tricolor at the Olympic Games. The candidates were decided by a vote of the 59 athlete ambassadors appointed by the federations.
Among women, the judokate Clarisse Agbegnenou was the favorite, only the athlete Mélina Robert-Michon seemed to be able to challenge her for the role. The other candidates were Johanne Defay (surfing), Sandrine Gruda (basketball), Maïva Hamadouche (boxing), Kristina Mladenovic (tennis) or Charline Picon (windsurfing). Silver medalist in 2016 in Rio, Agbegnenou will aim for a first Olympic title in Tokyo.
For men, gymnast Samir Ait Saïd was nominated in front of renowned candidates including former Olympic champions Florent Manaudou and Renaud Lavillenie. His designation as standard bearer comes after an individual career contrasted with the Olympic Games. In 2012, he forfeited when he represented a chance for a medal in London. In 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, he was seriously injured in qualifying on the reception of the vault.
The Paralympic delegation will be guided by wheelchair tennis player Stéphane Houdet and disabled judokate Sandrine Martinet. The first is a silver medalist in singles, and double Paralympic champion in doubles. The second was gold medalist in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 after two silver charms, in 2004 in Athens and 2008 in Beijing. They were both elected by public vote.