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Olympic Daily Preview: August 4

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One day ahead of the Opening Ceremony, the men’s soccer competition begins with eight games, with host nation Brazil and their electric forward Neymar squaring off on the pitch against South Africa at 3:00 pm ET.

Missing from the field for the second-straight tournament is the United States, which fell to Colombia in the qualifying playoff between CONMEBOL and CONCACAF.

Check the schedule, set alert reminders and stream all the events of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games live on NBCOlympics.com

12:00 pm ET – Iraq vs. Denmark — LIVE STREAM
2:00 pm ET – Honduras vs. Algeria — LIVE STREAM
3:00 pm ET – Brazil vs. South Africa — LIVE STREAM

Soccer star Neymar leads his team against South Africa, looking to make good on his promise to win the first Olympic gold medal for Brazil on the pitch.

4:00 pm ET – Mexico vs. Germany — LIVE STREAM

Defending Olympic gold medalists Mexico come to Rio as the team that spoiled Brazil’s run at gold in 2012. In 2016, they open with Germany, one of the top soccer nations in the world. This is one of the most anticipated early round matchups.

5:00 pm ET – Portugal vs. Argentina — LIVE STREAM

Two elite teams from different ends of the globe face off on the pitch looking to open their Olympic run with a win.

6:00 pm ET – Sweden vs. Colombia — LIVE STREAM
7:00 pm ET – Fiji vs. Republic of Korea — LIVE STREAM
9:00 pm ET – Nigeria vs. Japan — LIVE STREAM

Caster Semenya challenges the sex divide in sports

Caster Semenya
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Caster Semenya is a favorite for gold in Rio, and not without controversy.

The powerful South African runner won silver in the women’s 800 meters in London, and her body type and times have found plenty of critics, drug tests and even gender tests.

The success of Semenya, 25, has led to intense discussions on gender, testosterone, and other biological issues in competition, with advocates and detractors.

One of those advocates is a former Olympian and professor. Here’s his take from a fascinating article from the Associated Press:

Former Olympic runner Bruce Kidd, a professor of physical education and an adviser to Chand, opposes the testosterone-limiting rule. He argues that the testosterone is natural in these women, and although men produce more of it, “there is nothing to say that testosterone is a male hormone.”

“Dutee and Caster are (competing) with their own chemicals,” Kidd said. “They are fully in keeping with the Olympic spirit of being true to yourself and playing without doping. So why are they being castigated for that? I think it is so unfair.”