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Meet Monkey and his mates, Pigsy and Sandy.

So who are they?

It's true to say they're not your average candidates to star in an Olympics campaign, but that's exactly what they'll be doing for BBC Sport at the Beijing Olympics. So how did it come about?

And how did the men behind Gorillaz - Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett - get involved?

Well, the concept is based around Journey to the West, a famous Chinese novel, published in the 1590s and considered one of the four most important works of fiction in China's history. It follows a monk with several disciples, including a monkey, as they battle increasingly fierce demons on a quest to retrieve Buddhist scriptures for China.

"The idea is that you tell the entire story of Journey to the West in a two-minute opening sequence, which is basically them on their way to the Olympic stadium," says Hewlett.

The monkey would have made a superb Olympian - he has incredible strength and agility, performs sensational acrobatic feats, and he's pretty quick-witted to boot. Plus he's got the kind of positive mental attitude Linford Christie could only dream about.

You'll be seeing Monkey across TV, radio, online, mobile and interactive coverage of the Games from BBC Sport.

Be sure to come back to the Monkey mobile site soon for more Monkey video and audio.

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