Lei Sheng of the Chinese delegation receives an interview prior to the flag-raising ceremony at the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 3, 2016. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Olympic fencing champion Lei Sheng has been named China's flag-bearer at the Rio Olympic Games opening ceremony.
The 32-year-old Lei became China's first male foil Olympic champion four years ago in London. The 1.90m fencer was also a twice world team titlist.
China's flag-bearers at the previous summer Olympic Games were basketball players since 1984. Former NBA star Yi Jianlian was picked to carry the flag in London.