Despite having a 300-plus contingent at the Tokyo Olympics, Brazil will be represented by only two athletes — flag bearers Bruno Rezende and Ketleyn Quadros at the games opening ceremony on Friday evening.
Besides Rezende, a decorated volleyball player, and Quadros, a judoka, chef de mission Marcos La Porta and another team official will be the only two non-athletes marching at the ceremony.
“The decision was taken taking into account the safety of Brazilian athletes in a pandemic scenario, minimising the risk of contamination and close contact, thus ensuring the health of all Team Brazil members,” a Brazilian Olympic Committee statement said.
“The Brazilian team respects the importance and symbolism of the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. Bruno and Ketleyn will be legitimate representatives of the entire delegation and will honour the highest Olympic Values by entering the Brazilian Flag at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium,” it added.
In 2016 in Rio as hosts, a record number of 462 athletes from Brazil had marched during the opening ceremony.