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Manu is flag-bearer

Manu is flag-bearer
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Teenage shooting star Manu Bhaker was on Monday named the flagbearer of the Indian contingent for the 3rd Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos...

New Delhi: Teenage shooting star Manu Bhaker was on Monday named the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the 3rd Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires from October 6-18.

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra made the announcement during the send-off ceremony in New Delhi on Monday.

"It is a great honour for me. I never expected to be the flag-bearer for the Indian contingent," the 16-year-old Manu told PTI.

A contingent of 68 members, including 46 athletes, will depart for Argentina on Tuesday to compete in multi-sport event. India will have representation across 13 disciplines at the event.

Goa Olympic Association Secretary Gurudutta D Bhakta will be the Chef-de-Mission of the contingent. "It gives me immense pleasure to announce the young athletes' participation in the Youth Olympic Games. May the Indian flag fly high and our athletes bring laurels for the country," Batra said.

The send-off ceremony was also attended by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, among others.

"Gone are the days when Indians participated in big multi-sport events just for the sake of participation. I know you all will give your best and bring medals for the country," Rathore said.

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