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Australia's two flag bearers for the Tokyo Olympics will be revealed on Wednesday night but mystery surrounds how many compatriots will be marching at the opening ceremony.
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) will break with recent tradition in several senses, bestowing the honour via a virtual ceremony that athletes will tune into from training camps and other locations.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has asked every nation to supply a male and female flag bearer as part of its push for gender equality.
Choosing who should shoulder the ceremonial responsibility, which Australia handed to cyclist Anna Meares at Rio de Janeiro in 2016, always generates feverish debate.
The list of candidates for this Olympics, which will be minus numerous bells and whistles because of COVID-19, is more restricted than ever because the vast majority of Australia's 472-strong team are set to stay in the village on July 23.
"It will be a real point of difference compared to what normally happens," Australia's chef de mission Ian Chesterman said.
"I don't think there will be the number of athletes from any nation, who might have marched in past Games ... I don't think we'll see a large contingent of Australians marching.
"That was always going to be a challenge because of the heat issue. COVID makes that even more of a challenge.
"People are increasingly focused on the need to be fresh and ready to perform in the opening week.
"And in this case, we'll have a situation where athletes are only arriving five days before they compete."
Chesterman noted earlier this year that the switch to two flag bearers was a "really important step".
Meanwhile, the AOC is yet to finalise quarantine arrangements for one of several flights that will shuttle Australian athletes and officials home from Tokyo throughout the Games.
"That will be done, hopefully this week," he said.
"Most of those returning on commercial flights will come into Sydney.
"A couple of charters will go into Howard Springs.
"I hope everybody understands that we're going to Japan to represent Australia at these Olympic Games ... we'll spend that two weeks (in quarantine), doing the absolute right thing."