Rio Olympics and Paralympics 2016

It’s 8 days to the Olympics! They commence from the 5th to the 21st August. You can indulge in all that sport has to offer from Tennis and Gymnastics to Athletics and Aquatics. We are also welcomed by new sports including Golf, Sevens Rugby and Kitesurfing.

Rio 2016 will be aired on various BBC channels with hosts like Hazel Irvine, Mark Chapman, Gabby Logan, Clare Balding and Jason Mohammad summarising on BBC One.

We have all the best athletes competing for GB. Well known faces such as Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Andy Murray, Nicola Adams and many others are all taking part. You can see the full list at http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/34813797 .

You may also be aware that Individual Board Federations have been deliberating on Russian athletes being banned from Rio, after Russian state doping allegations. Decisions are still being made, but so far 8 competitors in canoeing, modern pentathlon and sailing have been banned. More decisions are yet to come. 

Medal expectations have been lowered this year to 48. The 2012 London Olympic athletes won 65 medals overall, putting GB in third place behind the US (104 medals) and China (88 medals). 

Let’s not forget that we also have the Paralympics with a great line up of athletes including Richard Whitehead, Ellie Simmonds, Hannah Cockroft, Jessica-Jane Applegate and many more. Again for the full list, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/35621008 .

I am always very excited about the Olympics/Paralympics and find myself to be very patriotic. I’m always the one to shout at the telly. If you feel the same about the Olympics, please let me know and comment!

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