The biggest sporting event on the planet is coming to Rio de Janeiro. Join the world in gearing up for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games (5-21 Aug).
History will be made in Rio 2016 when Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosts the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, marking the first time that a South American country will welcome the world to an Olympic Games.
It is also just the third time that the Games will be held in the southern hemisphere, following Melbourne 1956 andSydney 2000.
Rio earned the right to host the 2016 Olympic Games on October 2, 2009, beating Madrid by a vote of 66-32. The city proved itself capable of hosting a multi-sport Games thanks to the 2007 Pan American and Parapan American Games. In 2014 cities all around Brazil, including Rio, hosted the FIFA World Cup, which the country previously played host to in 1950.
Brazil is the largest and most populous country in South America, covering more than 8.5 million km sq with approximately 201 million people. The country ranks fifth in the world in both area and population. With nearly 12 million residents, Rio is Brazil’s second-largest city behind Sao Paulo’s approximately 20 million. Native inhabitants of Rio are known as Cariocas.
The official and most widely spoken language in Brazil is Portuguese. The country gained its independence in 1822 after more than three centuries of colonial rule. Civilian ruled since 1985, today Brazil is South America’s leading economic power.
Rio is considered to be Brazil’s intellectual and cultural hub. Located in the state of the same name on a southeastern strip of the Atlantic coast, Rio is the most visited metropolis in the southern hemisphere.
Rio 2016 runs on Brasilia Time, which like Atlantic Time is one hour ahead of Eastern Time.
The Rio 2016 Organising Committee has released the daily competition schedule for the Olympic Games (click here to see it). Published as part of the ‘500 days until the Games’ celebrations, the schedule shows which sports will take place on which days, allowing spectators to start planning their Games-time programme.
“We have produced a schedule that is well balanced and offers the public a wide variety of sports and medal events from the start to the finish of the Games,” said Agberto Guimarães, Rio 2016 Executive Director of Sport.
The Games will officially begin on 5 August 2016, when the legendary Maracanã Stadium hosts the opening ceremony, although the football tournament will start two days before. The football competition will be played in five co-host cities, as well as Rio 2016, and the match schedule will be released soon. On 6 August, the day after the opening ceremony, the Games will get into full swing as 20 disciplines begin.
Following Olympic tradition, the swimming competitions will take place during the first week (6-13 August), with the athletics events starting on 12 August and continuing until 21 August, the day of the closing ceremony.
The full competition schedule, showing the specific session times, will be published on 31 March, when ticket sales start for Brazilian residents and the list of approved ticket resellers (ATRs) for overseas territories is released. Click here for the latest news on tickets.
2016 Summer Olympics
The 2016 Summer Olympics (Portuguese: Jogos Olímpicos de Verão de 2016), officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiaad, and commonly known as Rio 2016, is a major international multi-sport event in the tradition of theOlympic Games due to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to August 21, 2016. Record numbers of countries are participating in a record number of sports. More than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), including first time entrants Kosovo and South Sudan, will take part. With 306 sets of medals, the games will feature 28 Olympic sports — including rugby sevens and golf, which were added by the International Olympic Committee in 2009. These sporting events will take place at 33 venues in the host city and at 5 venues in the cities of São Paulo (Brazil’s largest city), Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília (Brazil’s capital), and Manaus.
These will be the first Summer Olympic Games under the IOC presidency of Thomas Bach. The host city of Rio de Janeiro was announced at the 121st IOC Session held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 2 October 2009. Rio will become the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics. These will be the first games to be held in a Portuguese-speaking country, the first to be held in the host country’s winter season, the first since 1968 to be held in Latin America, and the first since 2000 to be held in the Southern Hemisphere.
2016 Summer Paralympics
The 2016 Summer Paralympics (Brazilian Portuguese: Jogos Paralímpicos de Verão de 2016), the fifteenth Summer Paralympic Games are an upcoming major international multi-sport event for disabled athletes governed by the International Paralympic Committee, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from September 7 to September 18, 2016 making them the first Summer Paralympics to be held during the host city’s wintertime. This will mark the first time a Latin American and South American city hosts the event, the second Southern Hemisphere city and nation, the first one being the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, and also the first time a Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) country hosts the event. These Games will see the introduction of two new sports to the Paralympic program; canoeing and the paratriathlon.
Courtesy : rio2016.com