Interest in Olympic flame is still burning
Locals will be watching sports event
The 31st Olympics will start this Friday in Brazil.
The event has had plenty of trouble in the build-up, from a row over whether Russia should be banned due to state sponsored doping to athletes pulling out of travelling to South America due to fears over the Zika virus.
We went out to Burnside to ask locals whether they will still be watching when the sports get underway this weekend.
Joyce Tewnion said: “I always like the big things like the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games. I’m not a great sporty person but I get into it when it’s all the countries competing. My father was always very sporty and we’d watch growing up, so I’m looking forward to things like the athletics.”
Alex Young, from Burnside, said: “I’m actually going to miss a lot of it because of my work, but I’d like to see the cycling, especially with Bradley Wiggins having a last throw of the dice. Hopefully he does well.”
Graham Walker, from Rutherglen said: “I’ll watch it if it’s on, but I won’t go out my way to see it. I do like tennis, and follow Andy Murray whenever he’s playing, so I’ll look out to see how he’s doing. I’m not a particular fan of anything in particular like athletics though.
Elspeth Boyd, from Burnside said: “Roger Federer pulling out means I won’t be watching much of the Olympics – I always like to watch him play! I’ll watch Andy Murray play too, tennis is the only sport I really watch. The opening ceremony is always really something though.”
“I’m looking forward to things like the athletics” Joyce Twenion
Big Events Joyce Twenion
Cycling Alex Young
Murray Graham Walker
Tennis Elspeth Boyd