Two-time Olympic medallist takes on new role at Rio test event


Australia won at a women's basketball test event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this weekend, but one of the volunteers, with no little pedigree of her own in the sport, was also in the spotlight at Carioca Arena 1.

A group of former players served as volunteers during the proceedings at the warm-up event contested by Argentina and Venezuela as well as Brazil and Australia.

And among them was two-time Olympic medallist Alessandra Santos de Oliveira, who won silver with Brazil in the 1996 Games in Atlanta and bronze in Sydney in 2000.

She was back on the court in a different capacity this time around, performing 15 duties including drying the court during breaks in play.

While Alessandra - as she is referred to in Brazil - admitted it was difficult not to be involved in the action, the 42-year-old said the experience was beneficial.

She said: "It's difficult when Brazil play, because I get excited, but you have to be professional. I am a volunteer and I have to help the team

"I have learned a great lesson from this experience. I am contributing to basketball in another way. I am still playing, but I know in my mind that soon I will have to do something else."

Australia beat Brazil 77-67 in what effectively served as the final after both teams had seen off Argentina and Venezuela.