Andy Murray (Gallo Images)
London - Reigning Olympic and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will be the
flag-bearer for Britain at the opening ceremony for the Rio Games, it was
confirmed on Wednesday.
Murray, who triumphed at Wimbledon for the second time last month and
won gold in London four years ago, is the first tennis player to lead
Britain into an opening ceremony.
"To represent your country at the Games is an unbelievable experience,
but to lead out Team GB will be an incredible honour, the biggest in
sport," said Murray, 29, the world No 2, adding that he was "very
"This is my third Olympic Games and it is a very special competition for
me. I obviously have great memories of London and I am 100 percent
focused on winning here in Rio.
"The privilege of being the flag-bearer is a moment I will remember for
the rest of my life and will certainly be one of the highlights of my
The final selection of Murray was made by a panel headed by Team GB Chef
de Mission Mark England, after Britain's athletes also had their say.
Decorated track cycling champion Chris Hoy led the British team out on home soil at London 2012.
"The conviction with which Andy spoke to me about the honour of carrying
the flag only underlined why he is such an exceptional individual, and
absolutely the right choice," said England.