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By Stewart Perrie
The Matildas have been praised for their mark of respect during a team photo ahead of their first Olympic Games match.
Before the first whistle blew, they huddled together and posed for a quick group picture, which is customary before most games.
However, they decided to display an Aboriginal flag to show their solidarity with First Nations people back home.
People watching at home were absolutely loving it.
It was an incredible display and is rarely seen on the world stage.
One of the most memorable times the Aboriginal flags has been flown at the Olympics was when Cathy Freeman won Gold in the Sydney Games and held both the Aussie and Aboriginal flags as she did a lap of honour.
The Aussies dominated in their opening Tokyo Games match and eventually beat New Zealand 2-1.
Half of Australia in #lockdown but we have the Olympics. Love the #Matildas. I hope this becomes an iconic photograph. Filled with pride right now. #FirstNations pic.twitter.com/rq7scwZ66w
- Mark A Febbraio (@markfebbraio) July 21, 2021
Remember that time Cathy Freeman got into trouble for carrying dual flags after winning gold? ..
NAH ME EITHER #GOAUSSIES #Matildas #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/EizVkxynLA
- Andrew Collins (@AndyCollinsSP) July 21, 2021
The #Matildas holding the Aboriginal flag in their opening match at the #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/daCa16JmWo
- IndigenousX Pty Ltd (@IndigenousXLtd) July 21, 2021
Matildas' Sam Kerr, who found the net with an epic header, was proud of their Aboriginal statement.
"It's something we spoke about a lot as a team. We let the Indigenous girls drive it," she said after the match.
"We didn't want to do something that goes along with the grain, we wanted to do something that was relevant for our country."
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