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Summer Olympics 2016

rio 2016Summer Olympic Games in 2016 - most important sporting event for the last four years

It is believed that the Olympic Movement was born in the days of ancient Greece. At that time it was the sporting and religious events. But after 394 years BC competitions were not held. Games were resumed at the end of the 19th century.

Eight countries have submitted applications to host the Games. For the right to host the Games competed: Azerbaijan, Spain, Czech Republic, Qatar, Japan, the US and Russia. Three countries have indicated in their applications the city that are not their capitals. They were: Russia (Saint-Petersburg), the USA (Chicago), and Brazil (Rio de Janeiro). St. Petersburg withdrew the application, since one and a half months after filing of the application another city (Sochi) got the right to host the Winter Games in 2014.

In the final part of the race were four applicants: Madrid, Tokyo, Chicago and Rio de Janeiro. Voting took place in three stages. With each of them sifted out one applicant. As a result left the two Rio de Janeiro and Madrid. With the double advantage during the final vote in October 2009 won Rio de

It will be the first Olympic Games, taking place in South America, the second in Latin America after the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City and the first since 2000, taking place in the southern hemisphere.

Mascot and logo of the Games

Talisman of future Olympic Games became an animal named Vinicius and Tom plant. Both mascot represent a diverse flora and fauna of Brazil. Vinicius is the embodiment of all the animals that live in Brazil, "born from the explosion of joy" from the fact that the country chosen as the Olympic capital. Tom represents a symbol of the Paralympic Games and is a mix of plants. In the colors of talismans clearly seen the theme of the Brazilian flag.

fakelThe official Olympic logo is an image of three human figures dancing, orange, green and blue. They all are holding hands. The following is the inscription "RIO 2016" and the symbol of the Olympic Games - five interconnected rings.

At the Olympic Games will be raffled 301 medals in 40 sports disciplines. For the first time in the program of the Summer Games included rugby-7, which is a simplified form of the game. Also for the first time since 1904. The golf tournament will be held at the Summer Olympics. This sport was once excluded from the Olympics, but the decision by a vote of the IOC in 2009, it was returned to that status.

In the rest Summer Olympic Games in 2016 will be held on the same sports program that the previous Olympic Games.

After the approval of Rio de Janeiro's candidacy, the Brazilians decided that the 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in four zones of the city:


Maracana will be the main object of the Olympic Games. At the stadium of the same name will be opening and closing ceremonies of the Games. Also, "Maracana" stadium will take the final match of the Olympic football tournament. It is the largest playground in Brazil with a capacity of 79,000 people.

In the neighboring to "Maracanã" Stadium "João Havelange" and "Ginásio do Maracanãzinho" will be competitions in track and field and volleyball respectively. Olympic Stadium João Havelange is new (it was commissioned in 2007) and is able to accommodate 45,000 people.

Sports: Athletics; marathon; archery; football; water polo; volleyball.


District of Barra will take most of the upcoming Olympic competitions. On its territory there are 15 sports facilities. The largest object of water sports is the Water park named after Maria Lenk, which will host swimming and diving from a springboard.

Sports: boxing; table tennis; badminton; cycling (road); Weightlifting; Gymnastics (sports, artistic and trampoline); cycle track; walking trails; diving; water polo; swimming; synchronized swimming; basketball; judo; Taekwondo; wrestling (freestyle and Greco-Roman); handball; fencing; golf; tennis.


The Copacabana district which is known for its beach, will host the beach volleyball and swimming competitions in open water and triathlon. Within the Copacabana in the center of "Marina da Gloria" will be competitions in sailing. On the shore of the Atlantic Ocean will be constructed temporary bleachers, which will be able to fit 10,000 people.

Sports: beach volleyball; Canoe Sprint and Rowing; cycling (road); swimming in open water; triathlon; sailing.


In the fourth center, Deodoro, in the National Centre of equestrian sport will be held show jumping competitions. The center was built in 2007, but three years later was remodel. Its capacity is 20,000 people. Near the center of equestrian sport is the National Shooting Sports Center, also built in 2007. Competitions on bullet and shotgun shooting will be held in it.

Sports: Basketball; modern pentathlon; Horseback Riding; field hockey; shooting; Rugby-7; mountain biking and velomotokross; slalom.

In Rio de Janeiro opened the Olympic Village

On July 24, Rio de Janeiro hosted the official opening of the Olympic Village, two weeks before the start of the Summer Olympics in 2016.

The complex, consisting of 31 buildings will live about 18 000 athletes. The number of staff is 13 000 people.

The Olympic Village has a large food complex for up to 5000 people, equipped with the most modern exercise equipment gym, a clinic, relaxation area, a beauty salon, a multi-religious center, and seven laundries. It is located in the west of the Brazilian metropolis, a mile from the Olympic Park, where the majority of the competitions will be held.

According to the International Olympic Committee, in the village there are also so-called "place of sorrow", which will host a special ceremony in the memory of people who died during the Olympic Games.

After the Olympics all the buildings and apartments will be sold to wealthy citizens in Brazil.

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