Rio Olympics 2016:Some Key Facts About This Mega Event
One of Earth’s mega multi-sport event is going to be held for the first time in South America, the countdown has begun already. From 5th August 2016 Rio will welcome 206 countries to four venues to compete for 4924 medals across 42 sports all in just for 17 days of action. Ten thousand and five hundred athelets are participating in this event.
The Rio Olympics will be held in four main venues in-: Deodoro, Barra, Copacabana and Maracana sites for olympic sports stadium with 33 of total competition venues.
7.5 Million tickets for the Rio Olympic games will be on sale. The organising committee is expecting 5 lakhs tourists from around the world will be part of Olympic games. The mascot name of this event is Vinicius, it pays tribute to brazilian musician Vinicius de Moraes. Vinicius is mix of Brazilian animals, the mascot represents the Brazilian culture.
Kosovo and South Sudan are the two countries will participate for the first time along with two new sports golf and rugby seven. Opening and closing ceremony will be at Maracana Stadium which is known a football stadium with a capacity of 78000 people.
The Olympic village will be covering 185 acres of area where atheletes, officials, will take place. Organisers will prepare 60000 meals a day for athelets. Tickets to Rio costs 40 Real to 4200 Real. The largest number of events will be hosted at Barra Da Tijuca and the rest will be in Copacabana, Maracana and Deodoro.
Women were included in Olympics for the first in 1900 in Paris. That year 22 women participated in five sports: Tennis, Croquet, Sailing, Equestrian and golf. After 112 year golf is being added to Olympics.
The winter Olympics started in 1924.
The Olympic games were cancelled in 1916 due to world war I and in 1940 and 1944 due to world war II.
The Olympic torch symbolises the link between ancient and modern olympics.
The Rio Olympic torch will travel 329 Brazilian town and villages.
India is going to send 120 participants in Rio Olympics 2016
Rio Olympic 2016
Brazilian marathonist Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima lightened the Olympic cauldron in Maracana Stadium, Rio de Zaneiro 2016
The opening ceremony highlighted history, culture and environment of Brazil and focused prevention against global warming
Top medal winner – USA (46 gold medal out of total 121)
2nd Highest medal winner – China total 70 medals
3rd highest medal winner – Great Britain total 67 medals
Vietnam, Kosovo, Fiji, Singapore, Puerto Rico, Bahrain, Jordan, Tajikistan and Ivory Coast won their first Olympic gold medals in Rio
The official name of Summer Olympics is Games of The XXXI Olympiad or Rio 2016(Portugese: Jogos Olímpicos de Verão de 2016)
Host city – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Motto – New World
Total athelets participated – 11237
The previous Olympic 2012 held in – London
The next Olympic 2020 will be held in – Tokyo
The next Winter Olympic 2018 will be held in – Pyeongchang
Two sports Rugby seven and golf were added in Olympic games in 2009
This summer Olympic games first held under the International Olympic Committee presidency of German lawyer Thomas Bach
Rio de Zaneiro is the first South American city to ever host the Olympic Games
Total 28 sports with 306 events were featured in 2016 Summer Olympics
The host city Rio de Janeiro was announced at the 121st International Olympic Committee session in Copenhagen, Denmark on 2 Oct, 2009