A Watford dentist is to take part in this summer’s Olympics Games, working in a group of health professionals on hand to treat the athletes.

Kunal Vattani, of Ridge Lane, applied for the role 18 months ago, after hearing that places were available on the team. Following an interview, he was offered the job.

During the games he will be based in Royal Holloway, where the canoe sprint athletes will be staying before they attend their events.

Dr Vattani said: "I cannot wait to be part of this historical event and to meet all the athletes.

"This is the kind of thing I have never been involved with before and it is a once in a lifetime opportunity."

The 35-year-old, who runs his own practice in Chesham, was born in Kenya but moved to England to study at university. He has now lived in Watford for more than five years with his wife and their 16-month-old son.