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Amjad Sabri had a larger-than-life presence and his qawwali rendition had a quality of its own that could not be matched by anyone in his lifetime and neither is there anyone in sight today who could carry the flag.
Adam was then even more delighted to be told he had been selected to carry the flag for Scotland, at Saturday's game.
To have Chris carry the flag on behalf of Great Britain is another milestone in the success of cycling in Britain.
Those of us who carry the flag of a politician are viewed generally by the public as a form of low-life barely one notch above that of the bankers.
It had been decided before the ceremony I would carry the flag since I won a gold medal in the last games.
Hall said: I had very much hoped I would, carry the flag for Labour but face the prospect of surgery not knowing if I'll to be able to play an effective role until polling day.
So tennis fans should be grateful that Andy Murray has well and truly arrived to carry the flag for Britain.
I amabsolutely thrilled to be chosen to carry the flag at the closing ceremony," said the 28-year-old from Pontypridd, who won four gold medals in the pool to equal Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson's record of 11 Paralympic golds.
Foster was on a shortlist of seven athletes nominated from seven different sports and he was selected to carry the flag into the Bird's Nest Stadium tomorrow in a vote by the British team captains.
I don't think I deserve to carry the flag because it makes me more responsible for my country.
He and his teammates relish the opportunity to carry the flag for an entire continent.
Marsden, of Glenfarg, near Perth, said it was a "tremendous honour" to be asked by his team mates to carry the flag.
The event is scheduled for the Island Pond of the Magiscroft complex on February 13, when one of the two 10-man teams will earn the right to carry the flag into battle against top English clubs.
Now she believes the "unbelievable boost" of being chosen by her fellow athletes to carry the flag will help her to crown a glittering career by going one better than last time and taking gold in the 70kg section in Athens.
Sun said of the type of person shown on its cover: "These people spit on the flag, they burn the flag, they carry the flag upside down, [and] they all but wipe their noses with it in their efforts to show their contempt for everything it still stands for.
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