Scotland

Sturgeon sends message to 'record' Scots Olympians

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Image caption Tennis player and 2012 gold medallist Andy Murray will carry the flag for Team GB at the opening ceremony

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has sent a message of support to Team GB athletes in Rio - including the record 51 Scottish Olympians selected.

Scots competing in the 2016 Olympics include tennis gold medallist Andy Murray, who has also been selected as the Team GB flag bearer.

Rowers Katherine Grainger and Heather Stanning, who won gold in London 2012, will also be defending their titles.

The 51 Scots include three reserve athletes.

It is the highest number ever to be selected for an away games, beating the previous record for the 2008 Beijing Games of 31.

The first minister said: "There is no higher honour than competing on a global stage and I am delighted that so many Scottish athletes will be performing in Rio.

"The Olympics is one of the highest-profile sporting events in the world, and is a tremendous opportunity to compete against the best sportsmen and women in the world.

"I will be cheering on all of them throughout the games and I hope that the hard work and dedication these athletes have put in will pay off."

Ms Sturgeon said she wished the Scottish Olympians and the whole of Team GB the "very best of luck".

The Olympics opening ceremony at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium begins at midnight on Friday UK time.

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