Gustavo Fernandez named Argentina’s flagbearer for Rio Paralympics11.05.2016
World No. 6 wheelchair tennis player will carry Argentina’s flag at the Opening Ceremony of Rio 2016, on 7 September.
“It excites me from the deepest part of my heart. I will proudly carry Argentina’s flag and enjoy it every minute.”
The wheelchair tennis player, ranked No. 6 in the world, had a glittering 2015, winning Wimbledon’s doubles title and two gold medals at the Toronto Parapan American Games.
The 22-year-old is hoping to build on this momentum ahead of September’s Paralympics.
“This is a huge honour,” he posted on Facebook.
“It excites me from the deepest part of my heart. I will proudly carry Argentina’s flag and enjoy it every minute,” added Fernandez, who lost to France’s Stephane Houdet in the London 2012 quarter-finals.
“I have never imagined this and it is incredible. Saying that I am happy is not enough. This is too big. I simply like to thank you all.”
Swimmer Guillermo Marro was Argentina’s flagbearer at the London 2012 Paralympics.
Sport fans from around the world can now buy their Paralympic tickets for Rio 2016 from authorised ticket resellers (ATRs).
Residents of Brazil can buy 2016 Paralympics tickets directly from the Rio 2016 website.