The 2016 Rio Olympics is about to kick off and Team Australia will be seeing action as early as Saturday, Aug. 6. Team events like beach volleyball and basketball will be the first challenges.
On Saturday, Team Australia players Taliqua Clancy and Louise Bawden will be going up against Costa Rica’s Karen Cope Charles and Nathalia Alfaro in Pool F for the women’s beach volleyball event. The match starts at 12:00 p.m. local time. On Sunday, Team Australia faces team USA in Pool C. This time, Nicole Laird pairs up with Mariafe Artacho del Solar against the American pair of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross.
Sunday also sees the Australian women’s team compete in the Rugby sevens event. The first match in Group A will be against Colombia. Meanwhile, the same day also features a field hockey event where Australia faces neighbors New Zealand in group A. In basketball, both the men and women’s teams will see action on Sunday. The men face France, while the women will go up against the host nation.
Monday continues with more women’s beach volleyball action with Laird and Artacho del Solar being called up again. This time, they play against Switzerland (Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Dépré) in Pool C.
The first weekend will also be featuring games in archery, shooting, table tennis, football and water polo. Check the official 2016 Rio Olympics website for the complete schedule of events. The games will be aired in Australia over the Seven network. The games will be aired free through the networks group of channels operating in Australia. This provides over 50 hours of daily coverage. Games may also be streamed live through an online app also operated by the Seven network. Viewers will have the liberty to follow whichever event they wish to view through Seven’s comprehensive rights to Rio Olympics footage.