A treat for all sports fans

Starting this Friday, sports fans will be in for a treat as the BBC begin their coverage of the 2016 Olympic Games. This time around the Games are being held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

The BBC have as usual ensured that the event is well covered on its television channels. There will be a special preview programme at half past eight on BBC1 where Clare Balding will be talking with past winners including Bradley Wiggins, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir. Chris Hoy, Michael Johnson and Sir. Steve Redgrave. Clare will then return at eleven thirty five where after some more discussion, the Opening Ceremony will be broadcast live right into the early hours of the morning. There will also be contributions from Hazel Irvine and Andrew Cotter. This spectacular event will allow all the 207 competing nations this year to appear together. The Games will this year be bringing back two sports – golf and rugby. Team GB will be participating in most – although not all - of the sporting events this year. There will be a whole range of sporting activities to watch in the days that follow including – archery, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, canoe slalom, cycling, diving, equestrian events, fencing, football, hockey, judo, sailing, shooting, swimming, triathlon, table tennis, taekwondo, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling – among many others. Hopefully Team GB will be bringing home a number of medals. The Games give sports enthusiasts an excellent opportunity of seeing people who are at the top of their chosen sport. However in addition they allow the viewers at home a chance of seeing the large range of sports that are available to them to maybe take up themselves.

Ian K.