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GB's dressage team forced to change travel plans due to migrant crisis

Great Britain's dressage team are forced to change their travel arrangements to Germany for the European Championships due to the migrant crisis.

Great Britain's dressage team have been forced to re-organise their travel arrangements due to the ongoing migrant crisis in Calais.

The competitors' horses were due to travel through the Channel Tunnel on their way to Aachen in Germany for the European Championships, but due to the thousands of migrants trying to get into the UK, there have been huge disruptions.

Now, GB's riders, who include Olympic champion Carl Hester, will fly to Germany, while the horses will travel to the Hook of Holland via Harwich.

"It's a little bit annoying," Hester told BBC Radio Guernsey. "From my home to Aachen is a 12-hour drive for the horses, which is quite a long time to be stuck in a horsebox where they can't move around, and we like to limit that as much as possible."

Hester is part of a team that includes Charlotte Dujardin, Michael Eilberg and Fiona Bigwood.

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Friday's key events

· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

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