Eddy Álvarez, from the United States baseball team that will participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, will accompany the figure of women’s basketball, Sue Bird, as flag bearers of the United States at the opening ceremony next Friday, according to information disclosed in the program of NBC, Today.
Álvarez, 31, born in Miami, is the son of Cubans and played with the Miami Marlins in the Major Leagues (MLB) that this year sent him to the triple A branch. In addition, the athlete was trained in parallel skating. ice and won a silver medal in speed skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Bird, 40, has won four gold medals with the women’s team since 2004.
Traditionally, one person has typically served as a standard bearer at the Olympics, but this year it was changed to two after the International Olympic Committee encouraged a man and a woman to represent each nation as a symbol of gender parity. The flag bearers are chosen by the athletes themselves.
Swimmer Michael Phelps was the flag bearer for the United States at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
The opening ceremony will be on July 23 at 8:00 p.m. local time (7:00 a.m.) Miami time, with Telemundo broadcast.