Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Team GB Has Brazilian 'Home Away from Home'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Team GB Has Brazilian 'Home Away from Home'

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THE British Olympic Association is hopeful a "home away from home" at their preparatory camp in Belo Horizonte can inspire Team GB's athletes to reach their Rio 2016 medal target.

Competitors from athletics, swimming, boxing, table tennis, judo, weightlifting, archery, shooting, canoe sprint, rugby sevens and fencing are due in Brazil's sixth biggest city over the coming days to complete their final preparations.

As well as Olympic-sized swimming pools and Team GB-branded weights, Union Jack-branded throws and doormats are aimed to make the likes of Nicola Adams and Adam Peaty feel in familiar surroundings prior to their gold-medal bids.

The aim is to return home with 48 medals across all disciplines and there will be inspirational reminders of London 2012 and the successes enjoyed by Jessica Ennis-Hill and Chris Froome playing on television screens for the Rio-bound athletes.

Paul Ford, who has headed the operation for the past five years, said: "We want to give them a home away from home, the best platform to do what they are absolutely capable of achieving. …

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