Olympics Picks Shooter as First Torchbearer of 2020 Games

7 Feb 2020

Anna Korakaki. Source: ISSF-Sports.org

(Correction: Corrects headline and article to remove reference to historical first.)

TheGunBlog.ca — The first torchbearer for this year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be a shooter.

The Hellenic Olympic Committee unanimously selected Greece’s Anna Korakaki, an Olympic pistol gold medalist, for the ceremonial role leading to this year’s games, Olympic.org said today.

Harding: ‘Awesome!’

“Love this! Congratulations Anna! 🎉” Allan Harding, a three-time Canadian national pistol champion, said on Twitter. “First time in history a female athlete will be the first Torchbearer… and she’s a shooter! Awesome!”

Kiejko 2020

Lynda Kiejko won Canada’s only spot to compete in shooting in this year’s Olympics, the second time in a row she has qualified for the summer games.

Lynda Kiejko Wins Canada’s Only Shooting Spot for 2020 Olympics

“I shot my first and only World Cup final with her,” Kiejko told TheGunBlog.ca today. “I think it’s fantastic that the HOC has honoured her.”

Trudeau Contrast

In contrast to heads of government who celebrate their top athletes, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is working to kill sport shooting.

He’s preparing laws to end Harding’s and Kiejko’s athletic careers by making handgun ownership a crime for adults with a federal firearm licence.

He also plans mass rifle confiscations.

‘Extremely Honoured, Extremely Moved!’

Korakaki won gold in 25-metre .22 LR pistol and bronze in 10-metre air pistol at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

She will be the first to carry the flame after it is lit in Athens on March 12, en route to Tokyo.

“Extremely honoured, extremely moved!” Korakaki said on Instagram.

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O αθλητισμός συνεχίζει να μου χαρίζει τόσο μεγάλες συγκινήσεις! Σήμερα, μου ανακοινώθηκε επίσημα πως στις 12 Μαρτίου θα είμαι η πρώτη λαμπαδηδρόμος στην τελετή αφής της Ολυμπιακής Φλόγας για τους Ολυμπιακούς Αγώνες «Τόκιο 2020». Μία εβδομάδα αργότερα, η @stefanidi_katerina θα είναι η τελευταία λαμπαδηδρόμος που παραδίδει τη Φλόγα. Ευχαριστώ την Ολομέλεια της Ελληνικής Ολυμπιακής Επιτροπής για την τεράστια τιμή, διότι για πρώτη φορά στην ιστορία, μία γυναίκα στη χώρα μας θα μεταφέρει πρώτη το Ολυμπιακό Φως από την Αρχαία Ολυμπία, πριν ξεκινήσει το μεγάλο του ταξίδι σε όλο τον κόσμο, για να φωτίσει στο Ολυμπιακό στάδιο και την έναρξη των ΧXII Ολυμπιακών Αγώνων στο Τόκιο!🕊 / Extremely honoured, extremely moved! Today the @hellenic_olympic_committee announced I will have the honor to be the first torchbearer for @tokyo2020 Olympics on March 12! A week later, @stefanidi_katerina will deliver the torch as the last torchbearer. What a GREAT HONOR that is, since it's the first time in history a woman carries the Olympic Torch from Ancient Olympia, where its journey around the world begins, till it reaches the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on July 24th for the XXII Olympiad!✨ #thankful #olympictorch #torch #olympics #greece #tokyo2020

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