So what's going on in Belo Horizonte where the GB athletes are training for Rio?


Team GB's athletes will gear up for Rio 2016 at training camps in Belo Horizonte that contain everything from Olympic-sized swimming pools to giant Connect Four games.

Around 400 athletes and their support staff from sports such as athletics, swimming and boxing are due in Brazil's sixth biggest city over the coming days prior to reaching the Games in the Rio.

Team GB boxers Nicola Adams MBE (left), Antony Fowler (centre) and Lawrence Okolie at the team training camp in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (Owen Humphreys/PA)

(Owen Humphreys/PA)  Team GB cycling Adam Peaty training at the team training camp at the Minas Tennis Country Club in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

As well as training on hired-out sites at the Minas Tennis Club and local university, with equipment that has been shipped over from our shores, the venues have been given a British makeover to make the likes of Nicola Adams and Adam Peaty feel at home before their gold medal bids.

In the relaxation rooms, snooker and air-hockey tables sit alongside sofas with Union Jack throws which are pointed in the direction of televisions playing documentaries featuring sporting greats Jessica Ennis-Hill and Chris Froome as well as clips from the home Games in London four years ago.

"We want to give them the best platform to do what they are absolutely capable of achieving," said Paul Ford, who has headed up the operation for Team GB.

A view of the swimming pool at the Minas Tennis Country Club in Belo Horizonte, Brazil where the Team GB marathon swimmers will train.

Team GB swimmer Georgia Davies (Owen Humphreys/PA)

"Their results over the past year have shown it. We are in a really great spot, we want to help them get to where they need to go to and achieve that excellence in Rio in the biggest competition of their lives."

Such an operation, five years in the making, was not required when the biggest show on Earth was staged in Britain.

"It's been a five-year journey, it's not something that has happened overnight," Ford added.

"Operationally it's very challenging, just trying to put a huge jigsaw together.

Team GB weightlifter Sonny Webster at the team training camp in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

"When it's in your back garden, it's much easier. We're 6,000 miles away now so it's a little bit different but it's a good challenge. If we can get the whole movement overseas right, we have a better advantage over other nations."

And if they make air-hockey or Connect Four an Olympic sport for Tokyo 2020, we will have stolen a march on the rest of the world too!