Olympic Games

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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
Archery Artistic gymnastics Athletics Badminton Basketball Beach volleyball BMX cycling Boxing Canoe slalom Canoe sprint Diving Equestrian dressage Equestrian eventing Equestrian jumping Fencing Football Freestyle Wrestling Golf Greco-Roman Wrestling Gymnastics (trampoline) Handball Hockey Judo Marathon swimming Modern pentathlon Mountain bike Rhythmic gymnastics Road cycling Rowing Rugby Sailing Shooting Swimming Synchronized swimming Table tennis Taekwondo Tennis Track cycling Triathlon Volleyball Water polo Weightlifting
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:
Deodoro
Barra
Maracanã
Copacabana
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
8,400shuttlecocks
More than40horses
60,000clothes hangers
40,000chairs
80,000tables
40,000beds
11million meals

Workforce

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

It all started in...

Olympia, Greece
776 BC
First ancient Olympic Games
392 AD
The Games were suspended
1,500 years later...
Athens, Greece
1896
First modern Olympic Games. Initiated by Baron Pierre de Coubertin
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2016
'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:
North
America
6
Europe 17
Asia 3
Oceania 2