Nathan Hirayama will one of two flag bearers of Canada

For the first time in team Canada’s history, this will be the first time two representatives will be the flag bearer for the Olympic team.

Last Monday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced that Sevens men’s rugby star Nathan Hirayama and Women’s basketball player Miranda Ayim will be walking the Canadian flag at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games opening ceremony.

This will also be the first time a Canadian flag bearer was chosen from a team sport.

“Seeing two tremendous leaders like Miranda and Nathan now ready to guide the way into the Opening Ceremony for Team Canada is something incredibly special,” said Eric Myles, COC Chief Sport Officer in a report.

“From their combined 28 years representing Canada, to their incredible performances, to carrying the maple leaf at the Opening Ceremony, they stand as testament to what Glory From Anywhere is all about.”

This will be Hirayama’s first time to represent the country in an Olympic Game, as Team Canada will make their debut in the Olympics for rugby. The women’s rugby sevens team of Canada will also be featured in the Olympics as the incoming defending bronze medalists from 2016 Rio Olympics.

“I feel hugely honored to be nominated to be the flag bearer alongside Miranda,” said Hirayama.

“I’ve been watching the Olympics for my entire life and understand the honor and privilege that comes with being the flag bearer. It’s something that I’ve never even dreamt of. I’m extremely excited to get to Tokyo with my team. We’ve been working hard together for a long time and can’t wait for our opportunity to show the world what we can do.”

Hirayama and team Canada have been vastly improving the past few years, gaining more experience in the HSBC World Series. Team Canada has said that they aim to end the tournament with a podium finish as their women’s team plans to upgrade their bronze medal.