Everything you need to know about the Olympics

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The Olympic Games are ever closer and here we tell you everything you need to know about the Olympics.

When do they start?

The opening ceremony is on Friday 5th August, but the sport begins before the opening ceremony has taken place, on Wednesday 3rd August. They finish on Saturday 21st August.

Where are they being held?

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

How can you watch them?

BBC are broadcasting the Olympic Games, with the opening ceremony to start at 00:00 BST on Friday 5th August.

Why was Rio chosen?

Rio beat Madrid in the final round of voting in October 2009, by 66 votes to 32. Chicago and Tokyo were eliminated in the first two rounds of voting. It will be the first Olympic Games to be held in South America.

How many countries will compete?

206, including a refugee team for the first time.

Which sports will be contested?

42 sports will take place, including swimming, diving, judo, volleyball and boxing.

Are there any new sports this year?

There are no sports making their official Olympics debut, but golf returns to the Games for the first time in 112 years and rugby for the first time in 92.

Is Russia competing?

Much controversy has surrounded Russia and the possibility of state-sponsored doping. There is no blanket ban on Russian athletes competing, although the individual sports governing bodies will make a decision on whether Russians are allowed to compete. Any Russian athlete who’s failed a drugs test in the past is automatically banned from Rio 2016.

Words by @DominicTrant