In­ter­est in Olympic flame is still burn­ing

Lo­cals will be watch­ing sports event

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

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

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