South West Wales

Big screen to show Olympics at Swansea fanzone

Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill Image copyright Reuters/PA
Image caption Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill will defend their Olympic titles

A fanzone is being set up in the centre of Swansea to allow people to watch the action from the Olympic Games on a big screen.

Castle Square is being transformed with artificial grass, deckchairs and bean bags for those in the city to follow the coverage from Rio, Brazil.

Swansea council said the events would be broadcast every day from 07:00 BST until 23:00 from Saturday.

It follows the success of the city's Euro 2016 fanzone for Wales' games.

Councillor Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea council's cabinet member for enterprise, development and regeneration, said the authority hoped people would "flock" to the fanzone to watch the likes of Andy Murray, Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah defend their Olympic titles.

"The availability of the Olympics on the big screen also gives people working and shopping in the city centre the chance to stop by and keep up with the action while they're on the move," he added.

The council's sports development team will also hold "come-and-try" activities in Castle Square, giving people the chance to experience Olympic sports.

An Olympic torch is also arriving at the Active Swansea leisure centre in Penyrheol on Friday at 13:00.

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