On Friday 8 August, the Olympic Games began in Rio de Janeiro. Belgium hasn't just sent athletes to Brazil, but also 7 scientists from DoCoLab, the anti-doping control laboratory of Ghent University. These scientists have joined their Brazilian colleagues to help with anti-doping tests.
On 27 July 2016, the Belgian company Sioen Industries NV announced the acquisition of Dimension-Polyant, the world market leader in sailcloth manufacturing for boats. The value of the transaction amounts to 38 million euros.
Belgian athletes enjoyed considerable success at the European Inline Cup, which was held from 23 until 30 July in the Netherlands. In particular, Sandrine Tas, Bart Swings and the junior Nymphe Keuleers assured the medals.