Olympic Games

days until the Biggest sporting event on the planet

The event

5-21 August 2016

10,500 athletes from 204 countries will compete in the first Olympic Games in South America

During 17 days

There will be 306 Medal events

- 161 men’s
- 136 women’s
- 9 mixed

42 sports will be contested
Athletics Badminton Basketball Boxing Canoe slalom Canoe sprint BMX cycling Road cycling Track cycling Mountain bike Fencing Football Artistic gymnastics Gymnastics (trampoline) Rhythmic gymnastics Golf Handball Equestrian dressage Equestrian eventing Equestrian jumping Hockey Judo Weightlifting Greco-Roman Wrestling Open water swimming Synchronized swimming Swimming Modern pentathlon Water polo Rowing Rugby Diving Taekwondo Tennis Table tennis Archery Shooting Triathlon Sailing Beach volleyball Volleyball Freestyle Wrestling
Including two new additions:
Golf: Returns to the
Games after
112 years
Rugby: Returns to the
Games after
92 years
33 competition venues will be spread across four regions of the city:
There will also be four co-host cities for the Olympic football tournament:
  • Belo Horizonte
  • Brasilia
  • Salvador
  • São Paulo
Of the 37 competition venues:
29 Permanent
19 Existing
10 New
8 temporary
Only 27% of the venues are being constructed
Why is this? Because of the legacy left by other major sporting events:
  • Rio 2007
    Pan American Games
  • Rio 2007 Parapan
    American Games
  • 2011 World
    Military Games
  • 2014 FIFA
    World Cup
To ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible... 39 test events will be staged August 2014 and May 2016

Want to be there?

There will be 7 million tickets
About 3.8 million will be under US$30
Sales will start in the first half of 2015. Stay tuned!
Did you know?
To organise the Olympic Games, we’ll need to supply...
17,760tennis balls
More than40horses
60,000clothes hangers
11million meals


And to do all this, the organising committee will need:
outsourced staff

It all started in...

Olympia, Greece
776 BC
First ancient Olympic Games
392 AD
The Games were suspended
1,500 years later...
Athens, Greece
First modern Olympic Games. Initiated by Baron Pierre de Coubertin
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ is the Olympic motto
Excellence, friendship and respect are the Olympic values
The Olympic rings represent the union of the five continents
The torch symbolises the link between the ancient and modern Games
The Olympiad is the four-year cycle between each Summer Games

Up to now...

28 editions of the Olympic Summer Games have been staged:
Europe 17
Asia 3
Oceania 2