The number represents the third largest
British squad to travel to an overseas
Games, and the biggest since the 1992
Barcelona Games.
The team was boosted by the last-minute
inclusion of canoe sprint pair Lani Belcher
and Angela Hannah, who were handed a
place after the International Canoeing
Federation upheld a doping ban on the
Romania and Belarus teams.
In another late change, Steve Cummings
has been called up to the GB cycling team
in place of London 2012 team pursuit
gold medallist Peter Kennaugh, who
voluntarily withdrew. He broke his
collarbone in a crash in stage three of the
Tour of California in May and had
struggled to recapture his top form.
Cummings, who will compete in the road
race, is rewarded for his stunning stage
win in the Tour de France earlier this
month.
The 35-year-old had protested when he
was denied a place in the initial line-up in
June, accusing British Cycling endurance
coach Rod Ellingworth of a “conflict of
interests” due to also holding a role at
Team Sky.
Team GB will be the biggest British team
brought to the Olympics in 24 years
Team GB Chef de Mission Mark England
said: “After four years of hard work our
team for Rio 2016 is now complete.
“We have a strong squad of athletes ready
to do their country proud and it’s great to
welcome our largest British Olympic team
for almost a quarter of a century.
“I also genuinely believe this is our most
talented ever team and to qualify in 23
out of the 28 sports is a fantastic
achievement. For the athletes the Olympic
Games represent a lifetime of dedication
in the pursuit of excellence and I wish
them all the best over the comings
weeks.”

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