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Rio Olympics 2016

Rio Olympics 2016

Rio Olympics 2016 will kick start today i.e. August 5, 2016.

Rio Olympics 2016

The 2016 Olympic Games officially start in Rio on Friday with the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium. Athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team are in Brazil to compete in 28 sports and be watched by a global audience of billions.

Rio Olympics 2016 Facts

For the first time in more than a century, golf will be be included as part of the Games

This year, there will be 33 different venues across four districts of Rio de Janeiro

More than 300,000 foreign visitors are expected to arrive in Rio to watch the Games.

This year’s Games will be the first to include athletes born in the year 2000

The 2016 Olympic mascot is a mix of different animals called Vinicius, which pays tribute to the Brazilian musician Vinicius de Moraes.

Rio 2016 will be the third Games to be held in the southern hemisphere.

More than 550 athletes will represent Team USA, including 292 women.

The Olympic Torch will arrive in Rio on 5 August, after travelling for more than 90 days from Olympia in Greece – the birthplace of the Olympics.

This year’s Games will be the first to be held in South America.

More than 6,000 volunteers will take part in the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

There are 306 events at the Rio Games.

The youngest athlete to compete at Rio 2016 is swimmer Gaurika Singh, who will represent Nepal.
10 refugees will compete in Rio in the first Refugee Olympic Team, which includes five middle-distance runners from South Sudan, two swimmers from Syria, two judokas from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a marathon-runner from Ethiopia. 

Rio 2016 marks the debut of rugby sevens. The 15-player version was included in the Games between 1900 and 1924.

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