Qatari shooted Bahiya to hold flag in opening tour

Qatari shooted Bahiya to hold flag in opening tour

DOHA, Qatar - The Associated Press
One of Qatar’s first female athletes to compete at the Olympics will be the flag-bearer for the opening ceremony at the London Games.

Qatar’s Olympic Committee posted a statement on late July 11 on Twitter saying shooter Bahiya al-Hamad has been chosen to “raise the Qatar flag at London 2012.”

“I’m truly proud and humbled to carry the Qatar flag among my fellow athletes from all over the world,” al-Hamad said on Twitter.

Al-Hamad was Qatar’s most successful athlete at the 2011 Arab Games, winning three gold medals and two silver. The International Olympic Committee offered the 19-year-old shooter a wild-card invitation to compete in the 10-meter and women’s air rifle competition at the London Games.

Qatari female swimmer Nada Arkaji and sprinter Noor al-Malki have also been given wild cards by the IOC.