Guide to 2016 Olympics

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


From 5 to 21 August 2016, the world’s eyes will be on the famous and beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil as it hosts the first ever Olympic Games in South America - and therefore also the first ever summer games held entirely in winter!

Over 17 days, 10,500 athletes from 206 countries will take part in 42 sports and over 300 medal events. The world's best athletes will compete at the highest level, all hoping to win glory for their home country.

Rio's iconic landmarks, such as Sugarloaf Mountain, the statue of Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana beach, will provide a breath-taking backdrop for the 32 venues, conveniently arranged in four ‘zones’ across the city.


The beach with its soft sand and famous black and white pavements provides a stunning setting for beach volleyball. Nearby, the Marina de Gloria will host sailing events including kitesurfing, which makes its Olympic debut.


Football fans will already know this as one of the most famous stadiums in the world. This summer millions more will look to the Maracana Olympic Stadium as it hosts the opening and closing ceremonies as well as athletic events.


The Barra Olympic Park contains the largest concentration of venues. Events taking place here include swimming, cycling, gymnastics and judo. The Barra area will also house the Olympic Village and has been considered the main area of investment to benefit from a longer term legacy of the Olympics.


There's a good mix of new and traditional sports in this area in the west of the city. The X-Park includes a new Whitewater Stadium and BMX centre.

Golf and rugby will also be closely watched this year as they return to the Olympics after 112 years and 92 years respectively.

The Paralympic Games follows from 7 to 18 September, staging a staggering 528 medal events in 23 sports.


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