Rio Olympics 2016

Published: Aug 04, 2016 18:30

Rio Olympics The 31st Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro city of Brazil. Rio de Janeiro will have the honour of being the first South American city to host an Olympic Games when Rio 2016 hits Brazil’s second largest city in August 2016. The event will start with opening ceremony on 5th of August, 2016 and closing will be on 21st August, 2016. There will be 42 Olympic sport disciplines having 306 events out of which 136 are for women, 161 for men and nine are mixed events. About 11385 athletes from 208 countries will compete for 306 medals. Kosovo and South Sudan are first time entrants to the Olympics.

The Paralympic Games will take place in Rio from 7-18 September 2016.

It is anticipated that half a million tourists will come to Rio de Janeiro for the Games. The local’s hospitality will be on show with 45,000 volunteers welcoming athletes and visitors to a city set to captivate both on and off the sporting fields.

The lead-up to these games have been marked by controversies—including the instability of the country's federal government, health and safety concerns surrounding the Zika virus and significant pollution in the Guanabara Bay, as well as a doping scandal involving Russia which has affected the participation of its athletes in these Games.

Vinicius - Olympic Mascot for Rio 2016

Vinicius is Olympic Games mascot for Rio 2016 and is created by Birdo Produções. The name of the Olympic mascot pays tribute to Brazilian musician Vinicius de Moraes. Vinicius is a mix of different Brazilian animals. His design takes inspiration from pop culture, as well as video game and animation characters. Alongside his Paralympic Games colleague, Vinicius represents the diversity of the Brazilian people and culture, as well as its exuberant nature.



Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro or simply Rio, is the second-most populous city in Brazil. Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, named "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea", by UNESCO on 1 July 2012 as a Cultural Landscape. Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, Carnival, samba, bossa nova, and balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. In addition to the beaches, some of the most famous landmarks include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf Mountain with its cable car; the Sambódromo (Sambadrome), a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival; and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums.


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