Olympic Games 2016

Olympic Games 2016 The 2016 Olympic Games commonly known as Rio 2016, being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by this Rio became the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics.

More than 11,000 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees are taking part in this games for the very first time Kosovo and South Sudan participating this Olympic. The games features 28 Olympic sports, including rugby sevens and golf, which were added in 2009 by the International Olympic Committee. These sporting events are taking place at 33 venues in the host city as well as at five venues in the cities of Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília, and Manaus.

Olympic 2016 Medal Tally

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States 46 37 38 121
Great Britain 27 23 17 67
China 26 18 26 70
Russia 19 18 19 56
Germany 17 10 15 42
Japan 12 8 21 41
France 10 18 14 42
South Korea 9 3 9 21
Italy 8 12 8 28
Australia 8 11 10 29
India - 1 1 2

History of Olympics

Heracles The founding father of the great Olympics is said to be Heracles (The Hercules), one of the sons of Zeus. Zeus was considered as the most important Olympic God apart from Athena and Apollo; and, was worshipped as the God of meteorological change. The Olympic Games were closely related to Religion and religious festivals of the cult of Zeus promoting a secular spirit, energy and accomplishment of the Youth and good relations between the cities of Greece.

   The history of the Olympic Games goes back to 776 BC when a nude runner (Coroebus) won the 192 meters race in Olympics making him the first Olympic champion. A few events, a few champions and a single venue - Olympia in Greece - characterized these ancient Olympic Games.

   The ancient Olympics were a one-day event till 684 BC with boxing, pankration running, long jump, shot put, javelin and equestrian events as the major competitions. All the Greeks (males) were allowed to participate, prohibiting the female participation. For about 1200 years, the ancient Olympic Games recurred in every four years, till the Roman Emperor Theodosius I banned them in 393 CE.

   Baron Pierre de Coubertin re-started Olympics in 1894 by forming the International Olympic Committee, following which, the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 in Athens, Greece. "Faster, Higher, Stronger" (Citius-Altius-Fortius) is the principal Olympic motto which emphasizes on the spirit of achieving the zenith in life rather than acquiring first position. The five Olympic rings and the Flag are the inevitable parts of Olympic emblem conceptualized in 1912 Olympic Games.

   Olympics The five Olympic rings, each with a different hue, and; the Olympic flag, represent the universal nature of the Olympic Games, bringing the whole world together. The Olympic Anthem is also played at every Olympics since 1960 Olympic Games. The Olympic flame lit in front of the Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece; depicts the immortal connection between ancient and modern Olympics. This torch of light is carried by the runners of the participating countries and finally a cauldron is lit which remains flaming till it is extinguished in the closing ceremony. Then the doves are released symbolizing peace and harmony. The Olympic Games start after the Olympic Oath taken by one athlete and one judge from each of the participating nations, representing the entire country.

   So Far, the Olympic Games have been held in many countries starting from 1896 in Athens, Paris, St.Louis, London, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Berlin, Helsinki, Melbourne, Rome, Tokyo, Mexico, Munich, Montreal, Moscow, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney to again Athens in 2004.

The Olympic Games, around 11,000 athletes from 201 countries participated for the most awaited prestigious Olympics Games. 28 kinds of sports were included in 2004 Olympic Games with 37 persuasions. Among them are Track events in Athletics which is not only a game but part of Olympic History, whereas other games were included in recent times. Three nations which remained on top were, China on 3rd with total 63 medals (32 – Gold, 17 – Silver, 14 – Bronze), Russia on 2nd with total 92 medals (27 – Gold, 27 – Silver, 38 – Bronze), USA stood on top position with total 103 medals (35 – Gold, 39 – Silver, 29 – Bronze).

The next Olympic Games were held in August 2008 and were hosted by Beijing; around 11,028 athletes from 204 countries had participated in 28 kinds of sports with 302 different events. It was the third time that Olympic Games were held in Asia, the other countries which have hosted the Olympic Games three times are Tokyo, Japan, Seoul and South Korea. This year also USA, China and Russia stood on top three positions in the same order as it remained in 2004 Olympic Games.

The 2012 Olympic Games were hosted by London, and were one of the most intricate and major events in the world. Around 10,500 athletes from 204 countries participated in 26 kind of sports with 39 different events. The 2016 Olympic Games are hosted by Rio Janeiro and will be held from 05th to 21st of August, more than 11,000 athletes are participating from 206 countries. 28 kinds of sports with 306 different events are scheduled to be held at Rio Olympic Games 2016.

Latest Olympic News

Powell to only grace Delhi half marathon (Lead, Supersedes earlier story)

    Updated On : Oct 25,2016   8:28 pm
New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) Jamaican 100 metre sprint great Asafa Powell will not participate in but grace the ninth edition of the Airtel Delhi Half marathon to be held on November 20 here. View More..

Jamaican Asafa Powell to debut in Airtel Delhi half marathon

    Updated On : Oct 25,2016   7:58 pm
New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) Jamaican 100 meter sprint great Asafa Powell is all set to debut in the 9th edition of the Airtel Delhi Half marathon, to be held on November 20 here. View More..

IOC gives Russia set of questions on doping control in 2010-15

    Updated On : Oct 25,2016   7:36 pm
Moscow, Oct 25 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has put forward a set of questions regarding the anti-doping work in Russia between 2010 and 2015, the head of the Russian Independent Anti-Doping Commission Vitaly Smirnov said on Tuesday. View More..

McCracken to take over as global hockey body CEO in February

    Updated On : Oct 25,2016   4:42 pm
Lausanne, Oct 25 (IANS) The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday announced that New Zealands Jason McCracken will take over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in February 2017, replacing Kelly Fairweather. View More..

IOC confirms talks between its president and Russian whistleblowers

    Updated On : Oct 25,2016   4:40 pm
Moscow, Oct 25 (IANS) A personal meeting between International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and Russia's whistleblowing pair Vitaly and Yulia Stepanova, whose earlier testimonies instigated a doping-related scandal in Russian sports, took place in September, the world governing body has said. View More..

Russia's FIFA World Cup mascot begins campaign with Brazilian model

    Updated On : Oct 25,2016   2:44 pm
Moscow, Oct 25 (IANS) Brazilian beauty Suzy Cortez has arrived in Russia for a photo-shoot with Russia's World Cup 2016 mascot -- Zabivaka the cheeky wolf. View More..

Indonesia hopes to get over 20 gold medals in Asian Games

    Updated On : Oct 25,2016   1:46 pm
Jakarta, Oct 25 (IANS) Indonesia Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi on Tuesday said he expected the country's athletes to bag at least 20 gold medals when they host the 2018 Asian Games. View More..

Sports minister Goel presents cash awards to medal winners at Rio Games

    Updated On : Oct 24,2016   9:06 pm
New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) The Sports Ministry on Monday gave away cash awards to the medal winners of Rio Olympics and Paralympics. View More..

Nimrat Kaur to be seen doing action

    Updated On : Oct 24,2016   8:34 pm
Mumbai, Oct 24 (IANS) Actress Nimrat Kaur said on Monday she might be seen doing action in her next film. View More..

Badminton: Indonesia to look at regeneration mechanism

    Updated On : Oct 24,2016   7:58 pm
Jakarta, Oct 24 (IANS) An Indonesian minister said on Monday that a thorough evaluation of a regeneration mechanism for Indonesian badminton was direly needed following the failures in Denmark Open. View More..

'Sharapova will be back in WTA rankings after 3 tournaments next year'

    Updated On : Oct 24,2016   6:56 pm
Moscow, Oct 24 (IANS) Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, currently suspended on doping-related charges, will return to the singles rankings following her performance at three tournaments next year, a senior official with the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) said on Monday. View More..

Sharapova removed from women's tennis rankings

    Updated On : Oct 24,2016   4:06 pm
Moscow, Oct 24 (IANS) Suspended Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova was removed from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) singles rankings, according to a report on the organisation's website on Monday. View More..

Tennis: Del Potro wins Stockholm Open

    Updated On : Oct 24,2016   2:18 pm
Stockholm, Oct 24 (IANS) Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro defeated American Jack Sock 7-5, 6-1 in the summit clash to clinch the Stockholm Open tennis tournament at the Kungliga Tennishallen here. View More..

UN refuses to probe ban on Russian Paralympians from Rio

    Updated On : Oct 23,2016   2:42 pm
Moscow, Oct 23 (IANS) The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) refused to investigate ban on the Russian Paralympic team at the 2016 Rio Games, chairperson of Russia's Civic Committee for family, children and motherhood Diana Gurtskaya has said. View More..

Shuttler Carolina falls short in Denmark Open semis

    Updated On : Oct 23,2016   2:38 pm
Odense, Oct 23 (IANS) Spanish shuttler Carolina Marin nearly pulled off a yet another nail-biting victory at the Denmark Open Superseries but ended up going down 15-21, 21-19, 18-21 to Japan's Akane Yamaguchi here. View More..

Gary Player excited by growth of Asian golf

    Updated On : Oct 22,2016   3:46 pm
Haikou (China), Oct 22 (IANS) Legendary golfer Gary Player said he was proud and excited by the growth of the sport in Asia and thinks it is only a matter of time before a future Tiger Woods comes from China. View More..

Women's hockey team departs for Asian Champions Trophy

    Updated On : Oct 21,2016   8:28 pm
New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) Indias women's hockey team on Friday departed for the Asian champions Trophy in Singapore, starting from October 29. View More..

Minsk to host European Games in 2019

    Updated On : Oct 21,2016   7:44 pm
Madrid, Oct 21 (IANS) Minsk will host the second edition of the European games in 2019, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced on Friday. View More..

Kiev Olympic stadium ready to host 2018 Champions League final: UEFA chief

    Updated On : Oct 21,2016   7:08 pm
Kiev, Oct 21 (IANS) Kiev's Olympic stadium is prepared to host the 2018 Champions League final, European football governing body UEFA's president Aleksander Ceferin said on Friday. View More..

Rivaldo laments lack of quality footballers in La Liga

    Updated On : Oct 21,2016   6:58 pm
Greater Noida, Oct 21 (IANS) Brazilian football legend Rivaldo on Tuesday lamented the lack of competition in the Spanish La Liga, saying that Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are dominating because of lesser number of quality players. View More..