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2016 Rio Olympic & Paralympic Games

Follow all of our Leeds Beckett athletes as they travel to Rio to compete in this summer's Olympic Games. #beckettrio16

Laura Weightman

Watch BA (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science graduate and 1,500m athlete Laura Weightman talk about her aspirations for Rio.

Leeds Beckett at rio 2016

Defying the odds
Defying the odds

Read about how graduate Sarah Barrow says studying and training in Leeds has played a massive part in her Olympic journey.

Leeds Beckett athletes at the Olympic Games
Leeds Beckett athletes at the Olympic Games
Find out more about all the Leeds Beckett athletes competing in Rio.
Rio Expert Opinion
Rio Expert Opinion
Read the latest blog posts from Leeds Beckett researchers about how coaching, sports psychology and sports science all play a role in preparing elite athletes.
Schedule of Leeds Beckett athletes at Rio 2016
Schedule of Leeds Beckett athletes at Rio 2016
Find out when each of our Leeds Beckett athletes are competing in Rio.
Rio Racers
Rio Racers
Games designers at Leeds Beckett are putting their support behind our sporting graduates competing at the Olympic Games with the release of a retro computer game.
Beckett Rio 16 LIVE
Beckett Rio 16 LIVE
Follow all the latest updates from Leeds Beckett athletes competing in Rio at the Olympic Games.

#beckettrio16

Support our Leeds Beckett Olympic athletes using the #beckettrio16 hashtag on Twitter

About Rio 2016

  • The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio is officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and will see 207 nations and more than 10,500 athletes compete across 28 Olympic sports.
  • New sports in 2016 are Rugby Sevens and Golf which were added by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2009.
  • Events will take place at 33 venues in the host city and five venues in the cities of São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília and Manaus.
  • The games begin with the opening ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium on 5 August and conclude with the closing ceremony on 21 August.
  • Due to the European migrant crisis, the IOC is allowing athletes to compete as independent Olympians under the Olympic flag in 2016. Previously refugees were deemed ineligible because of their inability to represent their home National Olympic Committees.
  • The Paralympics – also featuring new sports Canoeing and Paratriathlon - follows the Olympics and will be held between 7 September and 18 September.