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Sydney (dpa) - Australian Olympic athletes preparing for the 2016 Rio Games are getting acting classes to prepare them to face unexpected stress and pressures, it was reported Friday.

The classes held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra are aimed at helping athletes with personal communications, to remain positive and proactive when presented with the little crises that happen at Olympic Games, the broadcaster ABC reported.

Sport scientist David Martin said he‘d been to five Olympics and none had run smoothly.

"There‘s always a truck that breaks down, there‘s a bomb scare. There can be delayed flights, there can be sicknesses," Martin told the ABC.

The athletes do improvised acting workshops to deal with stressful situations such as stubborn officials, standoffish security guards and obstinate staff.

Acting coach Nic Byrne said the aim wasn‘t to teach the athletes how to act, but to develop forms of conflict resolution.

"Improvisers learn nuanced ways to help communication remain positive and proactive," Byrne said.

Boxer Shelley Watts said it was a great method to help her cope with obstacles and awkward situations that might pop up at Rio.

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