Rio Olympics

The Olympic Games opens in Rio de Janeiro tomorrow, yet it hardly seems four years ago the event was being held here in London.

We are all looking forward to watching our athletes who have worked so hard to gain their places at the Games, none more than Dartford’s Adam Gemili, who will be competing in his second games at the age of just 22. 

Gemili, who will race in the Men’s 200m and relay, along with fellow team mates Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford, are all looking to match or improve their London achievements in Rio.

I hope this Games will be another fantastic sporting event, but it is going to be a tough act to follow London 2012, which was widely thought of as the best games in modern times.

Unfortunately much of the coverage in the run up to the Games has been about the Russian team systematically doping.

I would have liked to have seen a more robust approach taken to this problem by the IOC as it is going to be difficult to trust the performance of the Russian athletes who have been given the go-ahead to compete in Rio. It also tough on all the clean athletes who will be competing against them. The Olympics needs to maintain its reputation for fairness and that means a hard line must be taken against individual athletes who cheat as well as countries who promote cheating.

I am looking forward to watching the Games and I hope that Team GB does our country proud and our sports men and women enjoy their time in Rio.