Rio 2016

Rio 2016, Summer Olympics will take place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil from 5 to 21 August 2016. A record number of countries are participating in a record number of sports. More than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), including first time entrants Kosovo and South Sudan, are scheduled to take part.  With 306 sets of medals, the games will feature 28 Olympic sports. These sporting events will take place at 33 venues in the host city and at 5 venues in the cities of São Paulo (Brazil's largest city), Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília (Brazil's capital), and Manaus.

A total of 366 athletes will compete for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. While significantly smaller than the 542-strong contingent at London 2012, it is the biggest squad sent to an 'away' Olympics since Barcelona 1992.  

BAME Olympians to watch;

Qais Ashfaq - Qais is an amateur boxer from England. He competed in the men's bantamweight division at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he won the silver medal, and at the 2015 European Games where he won bronze. Ashfaq was a competitor at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games where he won the gold medal in his weight class. He also won the bantamweight class at the 2012 GB Amateur Boxing Championships.

For more Information on Qais Ashfaq, please click here 

Muhammed Ali - In 2014 he won Silver at the Youth World Championships which he followed by winning bronze in the Youth Olympic Games 2014.  Mo added gold at the 2014 European Youth Championships and was selected to join the GB Boxing squad in the same year, whilst still a Youth boxer.
In his first competition as a senior he won the 2015 England Boxing Elite National Championships in Liverpool.  Three months later he secured his first medal at a major international tournament when he won flyweight silver at the 2015 European Championships in Samakov.
In 2016, he won twice for the British Lionhearts team that finished runners-up in the World Series of Boxing and in April, he secured his place at Rio by winning the European Continental Qualification event in Samsun, Turkey.

For more Information on Muhammed Ali, please click here 

Christine Ohuruogu - The Olympic champion in 2008, and silver medalist in 2012, she is a double World Champion, having won the 400 m at the 2007 and 2013 World Championships. She has also won four World championship bronze medals in the women's 4 x 400m relay as part of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team. Ohuruogu's personal best time of 49.41 seconds, set at the 2013 World Championships, beat the UK record set by Kathy Cook in 1984 by 0.02 seconds, simultaneously making her the first British female to win two World Championship titles, and the first British female to win three global titles. She is coached by Lloyd Cowan.

For more Information on Christine Ohuruogu, please click here 

Ellie Downie - She represented Great Britain at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics. A prodigious junior, Downie, at the age of 15, became the first female gymnast ever to win an individual all-around medal for Great Britain at the European Championships, with a bronze at the 2015 Championships in Montpelier, France later in the same year, Downie was part of the Great Britain women's team that won her country's first ever global team medal, a bronze, at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

For more Information on Ellie Downie, please click here 

Rebecca Downie - Becky is a British artistic gymnast who also competes for England at Commonwealth Games level. Considered a specialist on uneven bars and beam, she is the double European (2014 and 2016) and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion on uneven bars. Downie competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics for Great Britain, and was a reserve for the 2012 Summer Olympics team.

For more Information on Rebecca Downie, please click here 

Rajiv Ouseph - Rajiv is a male badminton player from England. A member of the GB and England Badminton squad, he is the current England number 1 Men's Singles player. Rajiv was born and brought up in London and is of Indian descent.

For more Information on Rajiv Ouseph, please click here 

Good luck to all of the above Sporting Equals ambassadors/patronswho have qualified and are an inspiration to the next generation. Sporting Equals will follow their journeys and bring you updates during the course of the next couple of weeks. 

A full list of Team GB athletes can be found on the BBC sport website here.

Upcoming Fixtures:





Qais Ashfaq


Wed, 10th Aug



Muhammad Ali


Mon, 15th Aug



Christine Ohuruogu


Women's 400m: Sat, 13 Aug

Women's 4x400m relay: Sat, 20 Aug


Ellie Downie




Women's team all-around Tue, 9 Aug

Women's individual all-around Thu, 11 Aug

Women's Vault  Sun, 14 Aug

Women's uneven bars  Sun, 14 Aug

Women's beam  Mon, 15 Aug

Women's floor exercise  Tue, 16 Aug


Rebecca Downie





Rajiv Ouseph


Men's Singles Group 1: Thu, 11 Aug 23:55