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Rebecca Adlington's family hit back at 'I'm A Celebrity' critics

Rebecca Adlington's family insist that the swimmer wants to do the bushtucker trials on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! following a backlash from viewers.

The family of Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington have hit back at those criticising the athlete for being exempt from bushtucker trials in the I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! jungle.

The 24-year-old has not been in contention for three of the ITV show's trials, sparking a backlash from viewers questioning why she is on the programme in the first place.

Adlington's aunt Sonia has insisted that the swimmer does want to take part in the trials but a medical condition, which has not been divulged on the show, has prevented her from doing so.

"It's not Becky's choice," Sonia told The Mirror. "She wants to do the challenges, even eating grubs, but she is not allowed to do some of them on doctor's orders.

"Years of swimming gave her a medical condition, details of which we've been told not to divulge."

Some reports have claimed that asthma is the reason behind Adlington's exemptions.

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Ex swimmer Rebecca Adlington watches on from the stands on day three of the 2013 British Gas International meeting at John Charles Centre for Sport on March 9, 2013
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SURFING
· Wave conditions permitting, surfing will make its Olympic debut (11pm-8.20am)

SKATEBOARDING
· Another debutant sport at this Olympics, most eyes will be on American Nyjah Huston in the men's street contest as he looks to add Olympic gold to his four world titles and 12 X-Games golds. (12.30am-5am)

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· History beckons for Jade Jones as she looks to become a three-time Olympic champion - something never done before in the sport prior to these Games (2am-1.45pm)
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GYMNASTICS
· Already-legendary gymnast Simone Biles makes her first appearance of the Games in the women's qualifying event (2am-2pm)

SWIMMING
· The first swimming medals of the Games will be dished out, with home favourite Daiya Seto going for gold in the men's 400m individual medley (2.30am-4.20am)

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· Lizzie Deignan is among the Team GB team looking for success in the women's road race (5am-9.30am)

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