Sports minister Crouch aims for hat-trick in Olympic medal bet

• UK sports minister in traditional medal table battle with Australia
• ‘I am extremely competitive and whatever they bet me I will win’

The UK sports minister, Tracey Crouch, is hoping to make it a hat-trick of humiliating victories over her Australian counterpart after laying down the gauntlet in a now traditional medal-table battle between the two nations.

Crouch said she would be very happy to carry on a friendly but keenly fought wager that began in Beijing in 2008 when the Labour sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe made a bet with his Australian counterpart, Kate Ellis, that ended in her having her to wear Team GB colours at the Paralympics that followed.

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