10 Interesting Facts About The Rio 2016 Olympics

With the Rio 2016 Olympics scheduled to start on Friday, the sporting world is set to witness one of the biggest events in sporting history.To heighten the excitement before the game eventually starts, here are ten interesting facts about the event, scheduled to hold in Brazil;

  1. The Opening ceremony is set to take place on Friday at the Maracana stadium; Maracana-Stadium_where-ıs-it_6

Athletes will then parade through Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium, which hosted 2014’s World Cup Final, before the Olympic flag is raised and anthems performed. Greece will lead the parade of athletes, with each competing nation following in alphabetical order; Team GB are due to be the 76th squad to emerge. The Olympic flame will then burn bright in a host city for the first time in four years as the cauldron is lit inside the Maracana before being moved to the Port of Rio de Janeiro for the duration of the Games.

  1. It Starts On The 5th And Ends On The 21st of August; Rio-2016-Olympics-Schedule

The games are due to take place in Rio de Janeiro,Eight stadium events will hold morning session finals, a first at the Olympics since 1988. The first is the women’s 10,000m on the first day of track and field competition on Friday 12 August, one week after the Opening Ceremony. The others are the men’s discus (13 August), women’s 3000m steeplechase and hammer throw (15 August), men’s triple jump and women’s discus (16 August), men’s 3000m steeplechase (17 Aug.) and men’s 400m hurdles (18 Aug.).The men’s 100m finals will begin at 22:35 BRT on 14 August. The women’s 100m final is the night before at 22:35 BRT. The men’s 200m final is Thursday 18 August at 22:30 BRT. The women’s 200m final is 17 Aug at 22:30 BRT. The men’s 4 × 100 m relay final is Friday 19 August at 22:35 BRT.

  1. It Will Be The First Time A Country In South America Is Hosting It; P3cdzBqJZgJO7722

This year’s Summer Olympics will be the 31st staged since the modern competition began in Athens way back in 1896.However, while it has previously made it to Asia, Europe, Oceania and North America, this is the first time the Games will have been hosted in South America.

  1. 10,500 Athletes From 206 countries Will Take Part In The Events Website Rio Infographis

A fleet of 21 jumbo jets would be required to fly all 10,500 athletes out to Rio. That’s a total space the size of 21 football pitches. Also in attendance will be 315 horses – more than enough horses to fill a Grand National field seven times over. About 140,000 people are needed to host the Games in August. Of those, 90,000 will be employees with a further 50,000 volunteers.

  1. 42 Sports Will Be Represented OlympicSportsRio_zpsiy5py5ko

Get ready for the intense excitement of 42 Olympic sport disciplines in one place: 306 events over the course of 19 days of competition will yield 136 medals for women, 161 for men and nine mixed medals. There were two open spots for sports and initially seven sports began the bidding for inclusion in the 2016 program.

  1. Golf Is Making A Return After 112 Years07/09/2015. Potential Olympic golfers from the Ladies European Tour and LPGA visit the Olympic Museum and IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. meets IOC president Thomas Bach at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne. Credit: Tristan Jones

This is a historic moment for golf: after 112 years, it is again an Olympic sport. Before that, it was part of the programme only in Paris 1900 and St Louis 1904. In Rio, men and women will compete individually on the new Olympic Golf Course. It’s been over a century, but in 2016, It was last played at the games in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1904, where 77 golfers (74 Americans and three Canadians, all men) competed in individual and team events. Canadian George Lyon won the gold.

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  1. 7.5 Million Tickets Available For The Fans resize

In total, about 7.5 million tickets for the Rio Games will be on sale. By the end of April, 60% had been sold.There have been long-held concerns over slow ticket sales for Rio. An unstable political environment, lagging economy and worries over the Zika virus are likely to contribute to lower ticket sales. But organisers point out that historically Brazilians tend to leave ticket purchases until the last minute. Prices range from 40 Brazilian Real ($11.5) to 4,600 Real ($1,325).

  1. Rugby Is Also Returning After 92 Years spain_rio_board

Rugby is returning to the Olympics for the first time in 92 years, bringing the ruck, the maul and the hooker back into the lexicon of the Summer Games.The format has changed, considerably, since the United States won the last rugby union Olympic gold medal in 1924. The abbreviated seven-player version was favored for Rio over the traditional 15-a-side game, and Fiji is favored for a breakthrough triumph. The aim remains the same: score more tries grounding the ball in the opponent’s in-goal area and you’re a good chance of winning.

    1. It Costs 37.6 Billion Brazilian Real i.e ($11.6 U.S Dollars) To Organise The Event; brazil-budget-balance-inflation-and-policy-rate-economist

The total cost of Rio 2016 is expected to be around 37.6 billion Real ($10.8 billion). This includes a city infrastructure cost of 24.1 billion Real ($6.9 billion), sports facilities of 6.5 billion Real ($1.8 billion) for sports facilities and 7 billion Real (1.91 billion Euro) for the operation and organization of the event.

        10.  The Slogan Of The Games Is “Viva Sua Paixao”



The Slogan of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games in “Live your Passion” which is Portuguese tongue is Viva sua paixao. Every one of the contenders and sportsperson taking an interest in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will encounter their vitality each and every moment while fighting in these beguilement and trying to win trophies for their countries.

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