The Japanese Olympic Committee will pick out veteran Nordic combined skier Akito Watabe as a flagbearer for February’s Beijing Winter season Video games, resources acquainted with the make a difference explained Thursday.
The 33-year-outdated Watabe is a two-time silver medalist in the men’s particular person regular hill 10-kilometer party, reaching the podium at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and once more four yrs later in Pyeongchang.
He was total Nordic blended Earth Cup champion for the 2017-18 time, turning out to be only the 2nd Japanese athlete to achieve the feat.
The major five Japanese in the Entire world Cup standings as of Sunday will get paid collection for the Feb. 4-20 Olympics, with Watabe a certainty to make his fifth straight Winter season Game titles workforce.
The JOC will also glance to choose a female athlete to have the flag as section of the drive for gender fairness at the Olympics. Men’s basketballer Rui Hachimura and women’s wrestler Yu Susaki both served as flagbearers for Japan at past summer’s Tokyo Video games.