Yi Jianlian has been chosen to hold China's national flag at the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games on July 27, 2012. [Photo: Sina]
Chinese professional basketball player Yi Jianlian has reportedly been picked to hold China's national flag at the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games on July 27, according to the Titan Sports Newspaper.
The final decision from the International Olympic Committee has yet to be officially announced.
According to Xiao Tian, the team's deputy chef de mission, China's Olympic flag bearer will be tall, handsome and famous in order to provide a positive image for the Asian sporting power.
Basketball players have been flag bearers for the Chinese team at every Olympics since the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.