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1924 The pop­u­lar Sev­ens for­mat de­buts at the Olympics. Men’s and Women’s team tour­na­ments, fea­tur­ing 12 teams each. Teams of seven play­ers on a full-size pitch with seven-minute halves.

Au­gust 6 to 11 The 1500m world record, re­garded as one of the great “un­touch­ables”, fell last sum­mer cour­tesy of a 25-year-old Ethiopian tipped to do for women’s athletics what Usain Bolt did for men’s. Gen­zebe, the sis­ter of a three-time Olympic cham­pion and a 10,000m Olympic sil­ver medal­list, is recog­nised as one of the world’s most ex­cit­ing young ath­letes af­ter set­ting four world records – from 1,500m to 5000m – by huge mar­gins. All ve of the other GCC na­tions will also have rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Rio, with Qatar boast­ing the largest del­e­ga­tion cour­tesy of its hand­ball team, who se­cured the re­gion’s only place when they won the quali cation tour­na­ment with home ad­van­tage in Doha. Com­ple­mented by a ju­doka, a ta­ble tennis player of Chi­nese na­tion­al­ity, and two shoot­ers – one of whom is two-time Dakar Rally win­ner Nasser Al At­tiyah – Qatar’s del­e­ga­tion will num­ber 34, which is 31 more than Oman, who will take the small­est del­e­ga­tion.

Qatar’s con­tin­gent is marginally more than Bahrain, who will take 30 ath­letes: 26 track and eld, two swim­mers, and one each in shoot­ing and wrestling. Saudi Ara­bia has also seen one shooter and one ju­doka qual­ify, while four track and eld ath­letes have achieved the qual­i­fy­ing stan­dards to make the trip. All six Saudis are men.

Kuwait’s del­e­ga­tion of seven ath­letes will be forced to com­pete un­der the Olympic ag af­ter the Ex­ec­u­tive Board of the IOC sus­pended the coun­try’s Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee for the sec­ond time in ve years amid al­le­ga­tions of gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence. Fencer Ab­du­laziz Al Shatti, hav­ing quali ed from the re­gional Asia-Ocea­nia tour­na­ment, will be joined by a half-dozen com­pa­tri­ots who have at­tained quota places in shoot­ing.

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