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Australian Women's Rugby Sevens players (L-R) Sharni Williams, Emilee Cherry and Shannon Parry pose following a press conference with 500 days to go until the 2016 Olympic Games at the Museum of Contemporary Art on March 24, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

RIO 2016: The first Olympic Games in South America are now only 500 days away and the prospect of representing Australia in Rio de Janeiro is what drives athletes all around the country every day.

Slater and Gordon joins Australian Olympic Team

AOT: Leading Australian consumer law firm Slater and Gordon has been announced as the Official Law Firm of the Australian Olympic Team during an event in Sydney.

Returning swimming champion Grant Hackett will stick to his plan of earning a spot in next year's Olympics through the 200m freestyle.

An aerial shot of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Organisers of next year's Rio Olympics have unveiled the full program of test events in the lead-up to the first ever Games in South America.

Eddie Ockenden of Australia lifts up the trophy as Australia (Jacob Whetton bottom right), celebrates their win against The Netherlands in the final of the 2012 Champions Trophy on December 9, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.

HOCKEY: Debutants and veteran members of the Australian Men’s Hockey team, the Kookaburras, have their eyes firmly set on gold at the end of their Road to Rio.

The award winning Vis-à-Vis trunk, with the Crumpler iconic logo.

AOC: Iconic Australian bag brand Crumpler has been announced as the Official Supplier of luggage to the 2016 Australian Olympic Team.

Australian Head coach Aurelio Vidmar during the AFC U-22 Championship Group C match between Iran and Australia at Royal Oman Police Stadium on January 14, 2014 in Muscat, Oman.

FOOTBALL: Olyroos coach Aurelio Vidmar has named a strong 23-man squad with 12 overseas-based players to begin the attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Erika Ropati-Frost competing at the Arnold International in Melbourne on 14 March 2015.

Erika Ropati-Frost broke three national records on her way to victory in the Arnold Weightlifting Classic in Melbourne

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MARCH 01: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (C), Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes (R) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (L) gather while inaugurating the new Rio 450 tunnel, on the 450th anniversary of the founding of Rio de Janeiro, on March 1, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The tunnel is part of an urbanization project ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Rio marks its 450th anniversary today and is celebrating the event with a yearlong series of events including concerts, exhibitions, historical tours, soccer matches, fireworks displays and other activities. The ''Marvelous City'' was founded in 1565 by the Portuguese and was the seat of power of the Portuguese Empire in the 19th century before serving as the capital of the Brazilian Republic until 1960. The city is Brazil's most popular tourist destination and will host the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the first to be held in South America, next year. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The IOC has wrapped up a busy week of meetings in Rio de Janeiro.

Olympic flame and Australian flag in Sochi Olympic Park.

RIO 2016: The IOC is to relax regulations barring athletes from promoting non-official sponsors during the Olympic Games.

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