Rio Olympic Games set for opening ceremony

The 2016 Olympic Games officially start in Rio on Friday with the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.

Azerbaijans hopes will be pinned on 56 athletes who will contest medals in 18 sports, of which four – triathlon, archery, cycling and canoe slalom – are new for the country.

Thirty-six of this squad will compete in their first Olympic Games.

Three Azerbaijan referees will officiate in the Games in the wrestling, gymnastics and boxing tournaments. The Azerbaijani team also includes 34 coaches, six doctors, physiotherapists and technicians.

The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games starts 03:00 in Baku time. Boxer Teymur Mammadov is the flag-bearer of Azerbaijan. Brazilian football legend Pele is expected to light the Olympic flame.