‘The high mission and great honor of carrying the national flag during the opening ceremony of the 31st Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is delegated to Mykola Milchev. The Olympic Champion of Sydney 2000, holder of the Olympic record, three-time worldwide record holder and winner of 9 awards in trap shooting will participate in his fourth Olympic competition’, reads the message at the National Olympic Committee’s Facebook.
The athletes and officials chose Milchev for the honorary mission at their gathering in the Olympic village in Rio.
‘This year marks the 30th anniversary of me performing for the national team. These are my fourth Olympics. I have always dreamed to be the flagbearer of our Olympic team. My dream came true’, Milchev commented.