'This will be our best Olympics by far'

Swimming star Chad le Clos says Team SA has what it takes to scoop 10 medals.

South African swimmers Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh. Picture: Jean Smyth/EWN.

RIO DE JANEIRO - The sporting world's greatest showpiece begins tonight.

After years of preparations, which came at great cost to Brazil, the Rio Olympic Games' opening ceremony will be staged at 1am South African time.

Swimming star Chad le Clos says Team SA has what it takes to scoop 10 medals.

The queues are long, distances vast, police and the military are present on every street corner and in the skies too, everywhere you go in Rio the Olympics will reach a crescendo tonight and on early evidence, maintain it for the better part of three weeks.

Today the Games will officially open at the Olympic Stadium, symbolised by the traditional parade of all the countries led by their respective flag-bearers. World 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk will lead Team South Africa in.

The target is 10 medals and well within their reach according to le Clos.

"It's not just swimming but athletics as well and I think this will be our best Olympics by far and we want more gold medals."

Organisers will be hoping everything goes off without a hitch as billions across the world are expected to tune in for the event.