Cyprus` Olympic silver medalist Pavlos Kontides enters the sailing competition on Monday with hopes of bringing back a gold medal for the island.
In the RS:X class, Cypriot sailor Andreas Kariolou will also begin his effort in his fourth Olympic appearance.
Meanwhile, Andri Christoforou, a professional racing cyclist, ranked 52nd in the 136.8km race.
Kontides won a silver medal at the London Olympic Games in the Laser class. That landmark achievement is one he is now looking to improve upon by going for gold at Rio 2016. The fight for the medals promises to be intense, especially with Brazil’s Robert Scheidt having returned to the Laser fold.
According to a report by the Cyprus Sports Writers` Union, Kontides will compete on the 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13 August in ten races and the aim is to reach a high classification so that he can enter the final medal race on 15 August. Kariolou will take part in the 8, 9, 11 and 12 August races and he hopes too to be part of the medal race on 14 August.
Kontides said conditions in the Guanabara Bay, where the races will take place, are not the ideal but everyone faces the same issues.
However, he is aware of what is expected of him and is determined to use it in his favour. “I know my country is expecting a lot from me and this gives me an added push”, he remarked.
Kariolou, who has trained in Rio many times before, stated that he feels ready. “My aim is to enter the medals` race”, he added.
Andri Christoforou finished the cycling race in 4 hours, 16 minutes and 24 seconds and described the course as hard and under bad weather conditions which included light rainfall and high winds.
However, she said it was a tremendous experience.