Every four years, the world is treated to the sight of a myriad of athletes beaming with patriotism while carrying their country’s colors at the Summer Olympics.
As in the past, there is much speculation as to who will receive the honour of bearing flags for their countries at the Summer Olympics this year.
Holding the country's flag high in the parade of nations at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics with the rest of the contingent following closely behind is one of the greatest honours an athlete can receive.
List of flag bearers for India at Summer Olympics
Bengal's Purma Banerjee became the first Indian Olympian to bear the Indian flag at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium.
Since then, notable athletes including Balbir Singh Sr., Shiny Wilson, and Rajyavardhan Rathore have had the privilege of holding the Indian tricolour aloft at the opening ceremony.
India's lone individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was chosen as the flag bearer of the Indian contingent at the previous Summer Olympics in Rio. He ended India's excruciating wait for the elusive Olympic gold medal, after ensuring a first-place finish in the men's 10m air rifle event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Indian wrestling superstar Sushil Kumar, competing in his second Olympics, led the Indian contingent at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Olympic bronze medallist Sushil was selected ahead of the likes of Abhinav Bindra, Vijender Singh and Leander Paes.
Here is a list of flag bearers of the Indian contingent at the Summer Olympics.
1920 – Purma Banerjee
1932 – Lal Shah Bhokhari
1936 – Major Dhyan Chand
1952 – Balbir Singh Sr.
1956 – Balbir Singh Sr.
1964 – Gurbachan Singh Randhawa
1972 – D.N. Devine Jones
1984 – Zafar Iqbal
1988 – Kartar Dhillon Singh
1992 – Shiny Abraham-Wilson
1996 – Pargat Singh
2000 – Leander Paes
2004 – Anju Bobby George
2008 – Rajyavardhan Rathore
2012 – Sushil Kumar
2016 – Abhinav Bindra