2000 Summer Olympics national flag bearers

During the Parade of Nations portion of the 2000 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, athletes from each country participating in the Olympics paraded in the arena, preceded by their flag. The flag was borne by a sportsperson from that country chosen either by the National Olympic Committee or by the athletes themselves to represent their country.

Parade orderEdit

As the nation of the first modern Olympic Games, Greece entered the stadium first; whereas, the host nation of Australia marched last. Other countries entered in alphabetical order in the language of the host country (English), according with tradition and IOC guidelines.[1]

Whilst most countries entered under their short names, a few entered under more formal or alternative names, mostly due to political and naming disputes. Macedonia entered as "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'" because of the naming dispute with Greece. The Republic of China (commonly known as Taiwan) entered with the compromised name and flag of "Chinese Taipei" under T so that they did not enter together with conflicting People's Republic of China (commonly known as China), which entered as the "People's Republic of China" under C. The Republic of the Congo entered as just "Congo" while the Democratic Republic of Congo entered with its full name. Iran, Micronesia, Moldova, Laos, Brunei and the United States all entered under their formal names, respectively "Islamic Republic of Iran", "Federated States of Micronesia", "Republic of Moldova", "Lao People's Democratic Republic", "Brunei Darussalam" and "United States of America".

A record of 199 nations entered the stadium with the exception of Afghanistan, a nation banned by the IOC in 1999 because of the extremist rule of the Taliban's oppression on women and its sports.[2][3] The parade of nations also featured a unified entrance by the athletes of the North and South Korea, holding a specially designed unification flag: a white background flag with a blue map of the Korean peninsula; however, the two teams competed separately.[4] Four athletes from East Timor marched directly in the opening ceremonies as Individual Olympic Athletes before the host nation. Without the existence of the National Olympic Committee, they were allowed to compete under the Olympic flag.[5]

Notable flag bearers in the opening ceremony featured the following athletes: windsurfer Nikolaos Kaklamanakis (Greece), Olympic beach volleyball champion Sandra Pires (Brazil), tennis player Nicolás Massú (Chile), heavyweight boxing champion Félix Savón (Cuba), long-distance runner Derartu Tulu (Ethiopia), sprint kayaker and five-time gold medalist Birgit Fischer (Germany), coxless pairs rower and double gold medalist Matthew Pinsent (Great Britain), show jumper Princess Haya (Jordan), discus thrower and 1992 Olympic champion Romas Ubartas (Lithuania), dressage rider Anky van Grunsven (Netherlands), middle-distance runner Vebjørn Rodal (Norway), two-time Greco-Roman wrestling champion Andrzej Wroński (Poland), five-time rowing champion Elisabeta Lipă (Romania), four-time Olympic handballer Andrey Lavrov (Russia), six-time Olympic water polo player Manuel Estiarte (Spain), and basketball players Carlton Myers (Italy) and Andrew Gaze (Australia).

ListEdit

The following is a list of each country's announced flag bearer. The list is sorted by the order in which each nation appears in the parade of nations. The names are given in their official designations by the IOC.

This table is sortable by country name (in English), the flag bearer's name, and the flag bearer's sport.
Order Nation Flag bearer Sport
1   Greece (GRE) Nikolaos Kaklamanakis Sailing
2   Albania (ALB) Ilirjan Suli Weightlifting
3   Algeria (ALG) Djabir Saïd-Guerni Athletics
4   American Samoa (ASA) Lisa Misipeka Athletics
5   Andorra (AND) Antoni Bernadó Athletics
6   Angola (ANG) Nádia Cruz Swimming
7   Antigua and Barbuda (ANT) Heather Samuel Athletics
8   Argentina (ARG) Carlos Espínola Sailing
9   Armenia (ARM) Haykaz Galstyan Wrestling
10   Aruba (ARU) Richard Rodriguez Athletics
11   Austria (AUT) Wolfram Waibel Jr. Shooting
12   Azerbaijan (AZE) Namig Abdullayev Wrestling
13   Bahamas (BAH) Pauline Davis-Thompson Athletics
14   Bahrain (BRN) Dawood Youssef Swimming
15   Bangladesh (BAN) Sabrina Sultana Shooting
16   Barbados (BAR) Andrea Blackett Athletics
17   Belarus (BLR) Siarhei Lishtvan Wrestling
18   Belgium (BEL) Ulla Werbrouck Judo
19   Belize (BIZ) Emma Wade Athletics
20   Benin (BEN) Laure Kuetey Athletics
21   Bermuda (BER) Mary Jane Tumbridge Equestrian
22   Bhutan (BHU) Jubzhang Jubzhang Archery
23   Bolivia (BOL) Marco Condori Athletics
24   Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) Elvir Krehmić Athletics
25   Botswana (BOT) Gilbert Khunwane Boxing
26   Brazil (BRA) Sandra Pires Beach volleyball
27   British Virgin Islands (IVB) Keita Cline Athletics
28   Brunei (BRU) Haseri Asli Athletics
29   Bulgaria (BUL) Ivo Yanakiev Rowing
30   Burkina Faso (BUR) Sarah Tondé Athletics
31   Burundi (BDI) Diane Nukuri Athletics
32   Cambodia (CAM) To Rithya Athletics
33   Cameroon (CMR) Cécile Ngambi Athletics (non-participant)
34   Canada (CAN) Caroline Brunet Canoeing
35   Cape Verde (CPV) Isménia do Frederico Athletics
36   Cayman Islands (CAY) Kareem Streete-Thompson Athletics
37   Central African Republic (CAF) Mickaël Conjungo Athletics
38   Chad (CHA) Gana Abba Kimet Athletics
39   Chile (CHI) Nicolás Massú Tennis
40   China (CHN) Liu Yudong Basketball
41   Colombia (COL) María Isabel Urrutia Weightlifting
42   Comoros (COM) Shareef Mohammed Official
43   Republic of the Congo (CGO) Marien Michel Ngouabi Swimming
44   Cook Islands (COK) Turia Vogel Sailing
45   Costa Rica (CRC) Karina Fernández Triathlon
46   Ivory Coast (CIV) Ibrahim Meité Athletics
47   Croatia (CRO) Zoran Primorac Table tennis
48   Cuba (CUB) Félix Savón Boxing
49   Cyprus (CYP) Antonakis Andreou Shooting
50   Czech Republic (CZE) Martin Doktor Canoeing
51   Democratic Republic of the Congo (COD) Mwenze Kalombo Athletics
52   Denmark (DEN) Jesper Bank Sailing
53   Djibouti (DJI) Djama Robleh Athletics (non-participant)
54   Dominica (DMA) Marcia Daniel Athletics
55   Dominican Republic (DOM) Wanda Rijo Weightlifting
56   Ecuador (ECU) Martha Tenorio Athletics
57   Egypt (EGY) Yahia Rashwan Taekwondo
58   El Salvador (ESA) Eva Dimas Weightlifting
59   Equatorial Guinea (GEQ) Eric Moussambani Swimming
60   Eritrea (ERI) Nebiat Habtemariam Athletics
61   Estonia (EST) Tõnu Tõniste Sailing
62   Ethiopia (ETH) Derartu Tulu Athletics
63   Fiji (FIJ) Tony Philp Sailing
64   Finland (FIN) Olli-Pekka Karjalainen Athletics
65   Macedonia (MKD) Lazar Popovski Canoeing
66   France (FRA) David Douillet Judo
67   Gabon (GAB) Mélanie Engoang Judo
68   The Gambia (GAM) Adama Njie Athletics
69   Georgia (GEO) Giorgi Asanidze Weightlifting
70   Germany (GER) Birgit Fischer Canoeing
71   Ghana (GHA) Kennedy Osei Athletics
72   Great Britain (GBR) Matthew Pinsent Rowing
73   Grenada (GRN) Hazel-Ann Regis Athletics
74   Guam (GUM) Melissa Lynn Fejeran Weightlifting
75   Guatemala (GUA) Attila Solti Shooting
76   Guinea (GUI) Joseph Loua Athletics
77   Guinea-Bissau (GBS) Talata Embalo Wrestling
78   Guyana (GUY) Aliann Pompey Athletics
79   Haiti (HAI) Nadine Faustin-Parker Athletics
80   Honduras (HON) Alejandro Castellanos Swimming
81   Hong Kong (HKG) Fenella Ng Rowing
82   Hungary (HUN) Rita Kőbán Canoeing
83   Iceland (ISL) Guðrún Arnardóttir Athletics
84   India (IND) Leander Paes Tennis
85   Indonesia (INA) Rexy Mainaky Badminton
86   Iran (IRI) Amir Reza Khadem Wrestling
87   Iraq (IRQ) Bashar Mohammad Ali Chef de mission
88   Ireland (IRL) Sonia O'Sullivan Athletics
89   Israel (ISR) Rogel Nachum Athletics
90   Italy (ITA) Carlton Myers Basketball
91   Jamaica (JAM) Deon Hemmings Athletics
92   Japan (JPN) Kosei Inoue Judo
93   Jordan (JOR) Princess Haya Equestrian
94   Kazakhstan (KAZ) Yermakhan Ibraimov Boxing
95   Kenya (KEN) Kennedy Ochieng Athletics
96  North Korea (PRK) Pak Jung-chul Official
96  South Korea (KOR) Chung Eun-soon Basketball
97   Kuwait (KUW) Fawzi Al-Shammari Athletics
98   Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) Raatbek Sanatbayev Wrestling
99   Laos (LAO) Sisomphone Vongpharkdy Athletics
100   Latvia (LAT) Voldemārs Lūsis Athletics
101   Lebanon (LIB) Jean-Claude Rabbath Athletics
102   Lesotho (LES) Mokete Mokhosi Taekwondo
103   Liberia (LBR) Kouty Mawenh Athletics
104   Libya (LBA) Nizar Naeeli Taekwondo
105   Liechtenstein (LIE) Oliver Geissmann Shooting
106   Lithuania (LTU) Romas Ubartas Athletics
107   Luxembourg (LUX) Lara Heinz Swimming
108   Madagascar (MAD) Joseph-Berlioz Randriamihaja Athletics
109   Malawi (MAW) Francis Munthali Athletics
110   Malaysia (MAS) Mirnawan Nawawi Field hockey
111   Maldives (MDV) Naseer Ismail Athletics
112   Mali (MLI) Brahima Guindo Judo
113   Malta (MLT) Laurie Pace Judo
114   Mauritania (MTN) Sidi Mohamed Ould Bidjel Athletics
115   Mauritius (MRI) Michael Macaque Boxing
116   Mexico (MEX) Fernando Platas Diving
117   Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Manuel Minginfel Weightlifting
118   Moldova (MDA) Vadim Vacarciuc Weightlifting
119   Monaco (MON) Thierry Vatrican Judo
120   Mongolia (MGL) Badmaanyambuugiin Bat-Erdene Judo
121   Morocco (MAR) Adil Belgaid Judo
122   Mozambique (MOZ) Jorge Duvane Athletics
123   Myanmar (MYA) Maung Maung Nge Athletics
124   Namibia (NAM) Paulus Ali Nuumbembe Boxing
125   Nauru (NRU) Marcus Stephen Weightlifting
126   Nepal (NEP) Chitra Bahadur Gurung Swimming
127   Netherlands (NED) Anky van Grunsven Equestrian
128   Netherlands Antilles (AHO) Cor van Aanholt Sailing
129   New Zealand (NZL) Blyth Tait Equestrian
130   Nicaragua (NCA) Walter Martínez Shooting
131   Niger (NIG) Mamane Sani Ali Athletics
132   Nigeria (NGR) Sunday Bada Athletics
133   Norway (NOR) Vebjørn Rodal Athletics
134   Oman (OMA) Mohamed Amer Al-Malky Athletics
135   Pakistan (PAK) Ahmed Alam Field hockey
136   Palau (PLW) Valerie Pedro Weightlifting
137   Palestine (PLE) Ramy Deeb Athletics
138   Panama (PAN) Eileen Coparropa Swimming
139   Papua New Guinea (PNG) Xenia Peni Swimming
140   Paraguay (PAR) Nery Kennedy Athletics
141   Peru (PER) Rosa García Volleyball
142   Philippines (PHI) Donald Geisler Taekwondo
143   Poland (POL) Andrzej Wroński Wrestling
144   Portugal (POR) Miguel Maia Beach volleyball
145   Puerto Rico (PUR) Enrique Figueroa Sailing
146   Qatar (QAT) Ibrahim Ismail Muftah Athletics
147   Romania (ROM) Elisabeta Lipă Rowing
148   Russia (RUS) Andrey Lavrov Handball
149   Rwanda (RWA) Pierre Karemera Official
150   Saint Kitts and Nevis (SKN) Kim Collins Athletics
151   Saint Lucia (LCA) Dominic Johnson Athletics
152   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (VIN) Pamenos Ballantyne Athletics
153   Samoa (SAM) Pauga Lalau Boxing
154   San Marino (SMR) Emanuela Felici Shooting
155   São Tomé and Príncipe (STP) Naide Gomes Athletics
156   Saudi Arabia (KSA) Khaled Al-Dosari Taekwondo
157   Senegal (SEN) Mame Tacko Diouf Athletics
158   Seychelles (SEY) Benjamin Lo-Pinto Swimming
159   Sierra Leone (SLE) Ekundayo Williams Athletics
160   Singapore (SIN) Joscelin Yeo Swimming
161   Slovakia (SVK) Slavomír Kňazovický Canoeing
162   Slovenia (SLO) Iztok Čop Rowing
163   Solomon Islands (SOL) Primo Higa Athletics
164   Somalia (SOM) Ibrahim Mohamed Aden Athletics
165   South Africa (RSA) Hezekiél Sepeng Athletics
166   Spain (ESP) Manuel Estiarte Water polo
167   Sri Lanka (SRI) Damayanthi Dharsha Athletics
168   Sudan (SUD) Mahmoud Kieno Chef de mission
169   Suriname (SUR) Letitia Vriesde Athletics
170   Swaziland (SWZ) Musa Simelane Boxing
171   Sweden (SWE) Anna Olsson Canoeing
172   Switzerland (SUI) Thomas Frischknecht Cycling
173   Syria (SYR) Moutassem Ghotouq Chef de mission
174   Chinese Taipei (TPE) Chiang Peng-lung Table tennis
175   Tajikistan (TJK) Khurshed Hasanov Boxing
176   Tanzania (TAN) Restituta Joseph Athletics
177   Thailand (THA) Somluck Kamsing Boxing
178   Togo (TOG) Kouami Sacha Denanyoh Judo
179   Tonga (TGA) Ana Siulolo Liku Athletics
180   Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) Ato Boldon Athletics
181   Tunisia (TUN) Omrane Ayari Wrestling
182   Turkey (TUR) Hamza Yerlikaya Wrestling
183   Turkmenistan (TKM) Chary Mamedov Athletics
184   Uganda (UGA) Muhamed Kizito Boxing
185   Ukraine (UKR) Yevhen Braslavets Sailing
186   United Arab Emirates (UAE) Saeed Al-Maktoum Shooting
187   United States (USA) Cliff Meidl Canoeing
188   Uruguay (URU) Mónica Falcioni Athletics
189   Uzbekistan (UZB) Mahammatkodir Abdullaev Boxing
190   Vanuatu (VAN) Mary-Estelle Kapalu Athletics
191   Venezuela (VEN) Adriana Carmona Taekwondo
192   Vietnam (VIE) Trương Ngọc Để Chef de mission
193   Virgin Islands (ISV) Ameerah Bello Athletics
194   Yemen (YEM) Basheer Al-Khewani Athletics
195   Yugoslavia (YUG) Vladimir Grbić Volleyball
196   Zambia (ZAM) Samuel Matete Athletics
197   Zimbabwe (ZIM) Philip Mukomana Athletics
198   Individual Olympic Athletes (IOA) Victor Ramos Boxing
199   Australia (AUS) Andrew Gaze Basketball

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Technical Manual on Ceremonies" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. November 2005. p. 40. Retrieved 2019-10-06.
  2. ^ "Eligible for Athens: Afghanistan welcomed back into IOC fold". Sports Illustrated. CNN. 29 June 2003. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
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