Photographer: Charlie Kwai/Bloomberg
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Celebrating British Eccentricity at the 2016 Chap Olympiad

In just under a month, the world’s gaze will fall on Rio de Janeiro for the start of the 2016 Olympics. But a very different kind of games were just held at the 12th annual Chap Olympiad, in the Bloomsbury district of London. Hundreds gathered to forget about Brexit for a day and celebrate British eccentricity. And show an undying love of tweed and  tea. Photographs by Charlie Kwai/Bloomberg

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    In the "Not Playing Tennis" event, points are awarded to those who best use their time doing anything other than tennis.

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    At the Chap Olympics, it's Pimm's o'clock all day long.

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    Chapettes enjoy a most British pastime - a tea break. One of the Olympiad events involves simultaneously cycling while pouring tea. Tea is everywhere.

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    "I am NOT wearing tweed!" *stamps feet*

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    Few things are more British than a picnic hamper, an economical choice that frees up cash for essentials such as gin.

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    Contestants compete in the "Corby Trouser Press Challenge" - by negotiating around a series of six trouser presses.

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    The event—now in its 12th year—led hundreds of dapper Chaps and Chapettes to assemble in their most elegant finery and dandywear, to pour tea, joust and forget their Brexit blues.

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    Why the British excel at cycling.

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    Everything comes with a side of chintz.

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    Butler Baiting, Swooning and Moustache Wrestling were just some of events on the program.

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    Marks & Spencer and the Union Jack. Because Britain.

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    Being a Chap is exhausting work, just ask this old fox.