The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have recorded a special video in which they wish Team GB athletes competing in the Rio Olympics good luck.
The video, which was uploaded onto the Team GB YouTube channel, was made to cheer on the 366 British athletes competing in the games as they try to win more medals than ever before.
In full, the message the young royals sent to the athletes is outlined below:
The Duke of Cambridge: “London 2012 saw this country come alive with a passion for sport. It saw people of all ages, and from all walks of life, join together to support Team GB.”
The Duchess of Cambridge: “London 2012 showcased the best of British sport, and we are all so excited to see what can be achieved in Rio.”
Prince Harry: “Our athletes are an inspiration to us all, and we need the whole country to get behind them and cheer them on as they take to the world stage.”
The Duke of Cambridge: “We have some of the most passionate supporters in the world, and we can’t wait to cheer on our athletes together this time around in Rio.”
The Duchess of Cambridge: “We can’t wait to watch everyone compete. Good luck!”
The Olympic Games officially get underway on Friday with the Opening Ceremony in Rio de Janerio. However, they have been somewhat overshadowed by various issues which could threaten the games.
One of these issues is the zika virus, which is a harmful disease mainly spread by mosquitos. Due to the risk of being affected by the virus, many athletes have withdrawn from this year’s Olympics over health concerns.
Another major problem is the quality of the water in Rio’s Olympic venues where sailing, rowing and open water swimmers will compete.
In a report by the Associated Press, the water contains dangerously high levels of pollution and viruses. More than 1,400 athletes will compete in the water, leading to widespread health concerns.