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Samba fever is sure to set the world alight, as Rio de Janeiro, famous for its beaches, colourful carnivals and party atmosphere, becomes the latest Olympic host city. It only seems like yesterday when London made us proud as hosts, and now the spotlight turns to Brazil.

The opening ceremony will be beamed live on our TVs on Friday the 5th August: expect a vibrant and colourful spectacle which will no doubt set the tone for two weeks of fantastic sport.

There’s every possibility that this could be Great Britain’s best ever Olympic medal haul, surpassing that of London four years ago. Keep a look out for medal hopefuls Adam Peaty in the 100m breaststroke as well as Alistair Brownlee in Triathlon.

Nicola Adams, the first woman in history to win an Olympic gold medal for boxing, will be aiming to repeat her London success. Also, get the Mo-bot ready as Mo Farah is chasing a double gold again. And what about Jessica Ennis Hill, who took time out to become a mum, can she shine again at Rio in the gruelling Heptathlon?

Coming to a city near you

So while our Olympians are 6,000 miles away, head outdoors, sit back and enjoy live coverage at FanZones around the country. Let’s cheer Team GB on!

Each FanZone will have a giant screen, and opportunities to try out Olympic sports for free yourself. It’s a great way to spend a summer afternoon or evening with family and friends. Here’s where the FanZones are located.

Belfast - Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast, BT1 5GS

Bradford - Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1SD

Bristol - Millennium Square, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB

Coventry - Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry, CV1 1PN

Glasgow - Merchant Square, 71 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1NY

Leeds - Millennium Square, Leeds, LS1 3DP

London - BeachEast, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, E20 2ST

London - London Bridge City, More London Riverside, Southwark, SE1 2DB

Manchester - MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2EQ

Plymouth - Armada Way, Plymouth, PL1 IDY

Swansea - Castle Square, Swansea, SA1 1JF

So why not pack a picnic, take a blanket and spend a lazy summer day watching “the greatest show on earth”?

Coverage starts on Saturday 6th August – Sunday 21st August, with each FanZone covering the games at selected times, depending on their opening times. Be sure to check with your FanZone to get a full programme of listing and special events.

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