Press release

Statement by the Secretary of State for Wales - Rio 2016

As the 2016 Rio Olympics get under way today, I want to wish all of our Welsh competitors the very best of luck.

Secretary of State for Wales, Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP:

As the 2016 Rio Olympics get under way today, I want to wish all of our Welsh competitors the very best of luck. As a team of 24, this is the highest number of athletes that has represented Wales for an overseas Olympics. It’s also the first time that there are more women than men in the squad.

These men and women will be ambassadors for athletics and Wales and are going to fill us with pride in the same way that Ashley Williams and the Welsh football team did during the Euro 2016 tournament.

The whole nation is behind our athletes, and I’m confident their hard work and dedication will deliver results. Pob lwc i gyd.