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Matt Scott Selected As Team USA's Closing Ceremony Flag Bearer For The Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

By U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee | Sept. 04, 2021, 8:54 a.m. (ET)

Matt Scott controls the ball during the Men's Preliminary Round Group B game on day 2 of the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 at Ariake Arena on Aug. 26, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.


TOKYO - The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee today announced that five-time Paralympian and two-time Paralympic medalist Matt Scott was selected to lead the 2020 U.S. Paralympic Team into the Closing Ceremony as flag bearer on Sunday, Sept. 5 at Tokyo Stadium. 

Chosen by a vote of fellow Team USA athletes, the wheelchair basketball player will lead nearly 50 athletes into the stadium. 

“I’m incredibly honored to have been selected as Team USA’s flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony in Tokyo,” said Scott. “I'm overflowing with gratitude. It’s an indescribable privilege to carry the flag that will lead myself, my team and the rest of our delegation. On behalf of my fellow Team USA athletes, I send my greatest appreciation to the Tokyo Organizing Committee, the countless workers and volunteers, and the entire country of Japan for welcoming us with open arms and showing the power that sport has in bringing us together.” 

With a bronze medal from London 2012 and a gold medal from Rio 2016, Scott is eyeing his third Paralympic medal. Following a 4-1 record in pool play, a quarterfinal win over Turkey and a semifinal win over Spain, the team is set to play for gold against host Japan on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 12:30 p.m. JST. 

NBC will provide live coverage of the Closing Ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympics this Sunday, Sept. 5 from 7-9 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

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