Following Olympic tradition, the opening ceremony of the Rio’s 2016 Olympic Games will feature a Parade of Nations, led by the athlete chosen to raise their nation’s flag. Athletes and officials from each participating country will proudly march in the Maracanã Stadium on August 5th.
"One of the most honourable moments for any Olympian is to be a flag bearer for their country."
Here is a list of Table Tennis Athletes who have had this honor bestowed upon them from their country's Olympic associations for Rio 2016
Ian Lariba will carry the Philippine flag during the parade of athletes in the opening ceremony for the 2016 Rio Olympics. An impressive showing at the Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Hong Kong earned her spot in history to become the first table tennis player to represent the Philippines in the Olympic Games.
Liu Jia will be the flag bearer for the 68 member team for Austria in opening Olympic ceremony. Born February 16th, 1982 this Chinese-born table tennis player will be competing in her fifth Olympics. Liu has reached the Round of 32 in the Women's Singles Event in Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
Yoshua Shing will be the proud flag bearer of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. Located in the South Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu has an estimated population of 250,000. Yoshua was born on June 20th, 1993 in Port Vila (Capital). In 2015 Shing was one of the 12 potential athletes from the developing nations of the world that was nominated by the ITTF With the Future in Mind Program Road to Rio. At 12 years old, he was the youngest competitor at the 2006 commonwealth games in Melbourne. Yoshua also created history in the 2012 London Games as he became the first male table tennis athlete from Vanuatu to compete in the Olympics.
Timo Boll will be flag bearer for Germany at the opening ceremony in Rio. For the first time ever - the German National Olympic Committee invited fans and German athletes to vote on who will actually carry the flag. Boll, who was born March 8th,1981 is one of the most famous table tennis athlete in the world, and a former World, European and Germany No. 1 ranked player. Beside Timo Boll, other candidates are: twice Olympic champion in field hockey Fürst Moritz, Olympic champion in eventing (equestrian) Ingrid Klimke, the 2008 modern pentathlon Olympic champion Lena Sanborn and the team's gold medalist of the 2012 Games in Cycling Kristina Vogel. His win was announced on August 4th.