Any international sporting event evokes a lot of interest. The interest and excitement increases many times over when the sporting event is none other than the Summer Olympics.
What is The Summer Olympics?
Until the year 1992 the Olympics were held once every four years. Now, however, the event has been divided into summer and winter Olympics, which are held every two years, alternating. The Summer Olympics is being held this year in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from the 5th to the 21st of August.
Did You Know?
- The Summer Olympics is officially known as Games of the XXXI Olympiad, and commonly referred to as Rio 2016
- Rio gets the distinguished honour of being the first South American city and the second Latin American city to play host to the Olympics
- The official motto of the games is “Live your passion”
- The event is held across 32 venues that are spread across four major regions of Brazil – DeoDoro, Maracanã, Copacabana and Barra
- This is the first summer Olympic that will be held after the change in IOC presidency. Thomas Bach is the current IOC president.
A flame relay will start off from Olympia in Greece a couple of months ahead of the games. The Olympic Games will officially be declared open on August 5th, 2016, with a grand opening ceremony in the world renowned Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The closing ceremony will be held on August 21st, 2016.
The event will be followed by the Paralympic Games from September 7th to 18th, 2016.
Summer Olympics in Numbers:
- 10,500 athletes from over 206 countries will be participating in the Summer Olympics
- 42 different sports will be contested by different athletes, with Golf and Rugby returning to the Olympics after a very long time.
- Archery, artistic gymnastics, swimming, mountain biking, weightlifting, rowing, handball, table tennis, and water polo are some of the games that will be included in the event.
- There will be 306 medal events in total, including 136 women’s events and 161 men’s events.
Though the criminal record of the country along with the Zika virus scare has cast a shadow on the event, it has not managed to tone down the enthusiasm that surrounds the Olympics. The event will be beamed live on national and international television. However, nothing would come close to watching the event in person as 7.5 million tickets are already on sale, and the games are expected to be a complete sell-out.