Rus News Journal

Basketball player Andrey Kirilenko

the Right becomes the standard-bearer of Russian national team in Beijing to pass in head of the Russian Olympic team on opening ceremony of the Peking Games is given the captain of a national basketball team Andrey Kirilenko. The forward Utah the Jazz admitted that could not even dream of similar honour.

Declared to the basketball player this decision of the Olympic committee of Russia before the beginning of a match of wards of David Blatta from modular Latvia within the limits of passing in USK CSKA of the Cup of a Mechel which, by the way, Russians without problems have won 84:63, and itself AK - 47, matter of course, it has appeared one of the best on a parquet. To amazement of the champion of Europe there was no limit. Upon termination of a meeting the future standard-bearer has shared with journalists impressions concerning the appointment.

- many hearings that I will bear the Russian flag at Olympic Games opening Up until that time went, - have told Kirilenko. - I simply was one of candidates on performance of this honourable mission. Certainly, it is very pleasant that captains of all our commands have voted for me. It is huge honour for each sportsman, and I am very proud and glad that the right have entrusted me. I will try to carry by a flag as it is possible more beautifully and with the big advantage.

answering a question, whether the basketball player who was its main competitor in struggle for this right knows, Andrey has answered that sportsmen, worthy similar honour, in the Russian national team it is enough.

- to Bear the Russian banner at opening of Games for any athlete, I believe, at all the dream is something bolshee. Probably, that have chosen me, it not only my success, but also as a whole all domestic basketball. However, to allocate any certain sport too it would be wrong. In our country many talented sportsmen, and me seem that approximately the person 20 - 25 were worthy, that have chosen them.

Who bore a flag of Russia

Four years ago on the Olympic games in Athenes the Russian flag swimmer Alexander Popov bore. In 2000 - the m in Sydney the standard-bearer was handballer Andrey Lavrov. Before on three Games successively (1996, 1992, 1988) the standard-bearer was fighter Alexander Karelin.