ANALYSIS – For the first time, a man, the gymnast Samir Aït Saïd, and a woman, the judokate Clarisse Agbegnenou, will lead the French troops during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.
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For the first time, Friday at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, the French team will parade behind two flag bearers during the opening ceremony (8 p.m. in Japan, 1 p.m. in France). A man, the gymnast Samir Aït Saïd, and a woman, the judokate Clarisse Agbegnenou. Parity obliges. A choice (strongly) encouraged by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), but which was not an obligation. Except that such a solution was already trotting in the minds of a certain number of members of the French Olympic movement, which was only waiting for a green light from above. Unfortunately, this great first will take place in a very bleak context, in a stadium devoid of public and with sanitary measures that will make this traditional great moment of sharing between athletes from around the world very cold and solemn.
However, this gloomy environment will not take anything away.to happiness»From a Clarisse Agbegnenou who was keen to succeed her judoka colleague and friend Teddy Riner.
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