200 days to Olympics

2016-01-20 06:00

MONDAY, 18 January marked exactly 200 days to go before the world’s biggest multi-coded sporting spectacle the 2016 Olympic Games.

The event will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The opening ceremony of the Games will take place on 5 August and the Games, featuring South Africa’s and the globe’s finest athletes, will run for just over two weeks before ending on 21 August.

In the next few months, athletes will gear up their final training preparations as the various disciplines attempt to make the qualifying standards. A total of 28 sports codes will be contested during the 2016 Olympic Games, ranging from archery to wrestling.

“The year we have been waiting for in our sporting calendar has finally arrived,’ said South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) chief executive officer, Tubby Reddy.

“We have spent the past three years intensely investing in our sports stars and capitalising on all the valuable lessons and experiences we learnt at the 2012 Games in London.

“We wish all our athletes well as they work towards their final qualifying preparations,” said Reddy.

Each sporting code has a different qualification deadline and code-specific criteria.

For more information on deadlines and criteria, visit http://www.sascoc.co.za/olympics-2016/.

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