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Carly Telford "tremendously proud" to be given Olympic opportunity

The squad travel to Japan next month.

Hege Riise remains confident her Great Britain women's football squad will avoid a chaotic start at the Olympics.

Team GB athletes face the prospect of six days' hard quarantine in Tokyo under rules which risk harming their preparations.

A Tokyo 2020 spokesperson has confirmed athletes are not exempt from the Japanese Government restrictions which were imposed last week due to fears over rising cases of the Covid Delta variant in the UK.

Under the current rules, all Olympic-accredited arrivals from the country must immediately self-isolate in their official Games hotel rooms for a period of six days but Riise is optimistic the rules will be relaxed by the time they arrive in Japan.

She said: "This year we need to deal with everything which comes. We don't focus too much on what might happen. We have a plan but the rules change all the time. The Covid situation changes all the time.

"We think by the end of us travelling we will be OK and that is the Plan A for us.

"We want to travel and go straight into training, if not that's something we need to talk more about.

"We have a plan because of the rules changing all the time but we haven't spent too much time talking about it. We want to be prepared for either none or a few days quarantine."

Team GB play Japan and Canada in Group E after opening the tournament against Chile in Sapporo on July 21.

Riise, though, has already needed to replace injured goalkeeper Karen Bardsley with Carly Telford.

Chelsea's Telford helped England reach the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup.

Telford said: "This is an amazing honour, although I really feel for KB and send her all my best wishes for her speedy recovery. The goalkeepers' union is not a cliche – although we are competing to play, we always want each other to do well.

"I am so disappointed for her but of course tremendously proud to get the chance to play at an Olympic Games. It is an incredible honour and I will give it all I can."

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Monday's key events

· There are no Brits in the women's 100m hurdles final, but Puerto Rico's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, fresh from breaking the Olympic record in the semis, will hope to pip world record holder Kendra Harrison to gold (3.50am)
· The women's 5000m final also has no Team GB representation, but two-time world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya will be looking to add an Olympic gold to her list of honours (1.40pm)

· The women's skiff 49er FX (6.33am) and men's skiff 49er (7.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races

· A place in the women's gold medal match is up for grabs, starting with an all-North American semi-final between United States and Canada (9am)
· Australia, who edged past Team GB's in a seven-goal quarter-final thriller, take on Sweden in the second semi-final (12pm)

· The track cycling schedule gets underway, with Team GB holding a particular interest in the team pursuit qualifying. Laura Kenny is part of the women's team (7.54am), while the men's team includes Ed Clancy (9.02am)

· The Gadirova twins Jessica and Jennifer will both take part in the women's floor final as they look to add to their team bronze (9.57am)

· Newly-crowned European champion Emily Campbell flies the flag for Great Britain in the women's +87kg, but faces stiff competition for medals from China's Li Wenwen and New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard (11.50am)

· The women's hockey quarter-finals begin, with Team GB last up against Spain (1pm)

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