Andy Murray's role as flag bearer for Rio 2016 opening ceremony has the internet divided


Andy Murray has been named Great Britain's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana Stadium on Friday night.

Murray has beaten off competition from the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Nicola Adams and David Florence to become the first tennis player to land the honour and was the choice of a panel of British Olympic Association experts.

"I am very proud to be selected as the Team GB flag bearer for the opening ceremony on Friday," he said.

"To represent your country at the Games is an unbelievable experience, but to lead out Team GB will be an incredible honour, the biggest in sport."

Some fans were ecstatic when they found out the tennis star had been chosen for the honour:

A few others, however, were not so keen:

Some were even hoping to see Nicola Adams holding the Union Jack flagpole:

The 29-year-old was possibly chosen for his impressive performance during the London 2012 Olympics - he clinched men's singles gold as well as silver in the mixed doubles alongside Laura Robson four years ago.

The Scot will head a British team of 366 competitors, although a sizeable proportion of the athletes are yet to arrive in Brazil.