The Chinese Olympic Committee announced late yesterday that women's volleyball team skipper Zhu Ting and tae-kwon-dou athlete Zhao Shuai
will be the country's flag-bearers at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Song Wenjing has more.
Both athletes were gold medalists in the Rio Olympics five years ago,
Zhu with the Chinese women's volleyball team and Zhao in the 58-kilogram category of men's taekwondo.
The Chinese Olympic Committee said the flag-bearers were selected following widespread consultation and prudent consideration.
I really appreciate the trust from the Chinese delegation.
It's a huge honor and responsibility for me to be named as the flag-bearer. I feel greatly motivated by it.
对我来说，被任命为旗手是莫大的荣誉和责任 。这让我更有动力 。
I will set my mind at ease, and devote every effort to the games.
It's always our goal to see our national flag raised and hear our national anthem played.
The 26-year-old captain of the women's volleyball team helped China claim the Olympic gold medal in Rio five years ago.
Having made her national debut aged 18 in 2013,
Zhu's performances at the Rio Olympics propelled her into a global volleyball star and one of the country's most popular athletes.
Zhao Shuai made history by winning China's first Olympic gold in men's taekwondo when he triumphed in the 58 kilogram category at the Rio Olympics.
As flag-bearer at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, he will be the first athlete to be a flag-bearer in two important international events.