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300 dancers, 5,000 volunteers and 12,000 costumes

The Games – held in South America for the first time – officially take place between 5 and 21 August, but they have actually already started.

The opening ceremony is at midnight BST on Friday night but the action kicked off two days ago with the women’s football.

Defending Olympic men’s tennis champion Andy Murray will be Great Britain’s flag bearer inside Rio’s Maracana stadium on Friday.

An estimated three billion people will watch the ceremony, which has taken five years to produce and includes 300 dancers, 5,000 volunteers and 12,000 costumes.

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen and Briton Dame Judi Dench are confirmed to have roles in the production before the 207 competing teams take part in the Parade of Nations.

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Ban on historical dopers ‘unenforceable’

A ban on Russian athletes with previous doping offences competing at Rio 2016 is “unenforceable” says the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has banned Russians with prior doping offences, regardless of whether they have served their punishments.

It means 271 Russians out of an initial squad of 389 will be in Rio.

But the Cas ruling could open the way for banned athletes to appeal against the IOC’s action.

 

Russia the “cleanest team” at Olympics

Russia will have 271 athletes eligible to compete at the Rio Games, says the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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This is more than two-thirds of their original entry list of 389 athletes, despite the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) recommending a blanket ban after a state-sponsored doping scandal.

Russia’s Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov said his country will have “the cleanest team” at the Games.

“The Russian team may have experienced the toughest checks of the Olympics, because they had to go through multiple tests and checked,” said Zhukov.

“On top of all that, Russian athletes are going through additional testing which is taking place at the Olympic Village.

“So, as of now, the Russian team is probably the cleanest in Rio.”

Brazil frustrated by South Africa

Right, let’s get back to the Olympics.

As mentioned, football has already started at the 2016 Olympics and Barcelona forward Neymar was unable to help Brazil make a winning start to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as the hosts were held to a goalless draw by 10-man South Africa in Brasilia on Thursday.

Elsewhere, South Korea thumped Fiji 8-0 – scoring three times in 90 seconds during the second half.

Nigeria, who arrived in Brazil just six hours before their opening match against Japan kicked off, won 5-4.

Striker Oghenekaro Etebo scored four times for the African side.


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