Female flag bearers at Tokyo Olympics
The International Olympic Committee said in a joint statement with the International Paralympic Committee, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the Government of Japan, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government that all 206 National Olympic Committees and the IOC Refugee Olympic Team will be encouraged to have their flag carried by one female and one male athlete at the opening ceremony.
The statement said that Tokyo 2020 would be the first-ever gender-balanced Olympic Games in history, with a record number of female competitors at the Paralympic Games.
Almost 49% of the athletes participating in the Olympics will be women.
There will be a ground-breaking competition schedule, ensuring equal visibility between women's and men's events and featuring nine more mixed events than at Rio 2016, raising the overall number to 18.
IOC and the organizers also called all participating delegations to have at least one female and one male athlete on their respective Olympic teams.