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KUALA LUMPUR, May 3 -- National mixed doubles shuttler Goh Liu Ying is all fired up to give her best at the Tokyo Olympics after finding out that she has been named as one of the two Malaysian flag-bearers at the world’s biggest multi-sports Games this July.
Winner of the silver medal with partner Chan Peng Soon at the Rio Games in 2016, she admitted to being surprised at being selected to carry the Jalur Gemilang, describing it as “an honour”.
“I did not know at all that I was one of the candidates. To me, this (selection) is a very proud achievement and will motivate me to do my best at the Olympics,” she said when contacted today.
Liu Ying said there was no reason to feel any pressure being the flag-bearer at the Olympics as it would, in fact, be a meaningful experience.
This will be the second Olympic outing for the 31-year-old after her triumph with Peng Soon in Rio 2016.
The pair are currently ranked seventh in the world.
Earlier, Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tan Sri Mohamad Norza Zakaria announced that Liu Ying and recurve archer Khairul Anuar Mohamad would be the flag-bearers at the Tokyo Olympics set to be held from July 23-Aug 8.