Olympic Games 2016 in Rio officially begins on Friday with the opening ceremony at the Maracana stadium.
Athletes from 206 countries and a team of refugees are in Brazil to compete in 28 sports and watched by a global audience of billions.
He dominated the build-up of Russian doping scandal, and Zika virus and security issues and infrastructure in the city and places.
But it’s time for action sports to center stage.
This is the Olympic Games, but 31 is the 28th to be held, as is the case in 1916.1940 and 1944 did not happen because of the war.
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When it does not start?
Games – which was held in South America for the first time – officially take between 5 and August 21, but they are in fact already begun.
The opening ceremony at midnight GMT on Friday night but the action began with two days of women’s football before.
Will defend the Olympic men’s British tennis champion Andy Murray is Great Britain’s flag bearer in the Maracana stadium on Friday in Rio de Janeiro.
An estimated three billion people will watch the ceremony, which took five years to produce and includes 300 dancers, 5,000 volunteers and 12,000 fashion.
Confirmed the Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen and British long as Judi Dench to have roles in a production by the 207 competing teams participating in the march of nations.
You can watch the opening ceremony on BBC One and on the Internet, from 23:40 GMT on Friday.
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