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

Mom wants me to get married: Usain Bolt

    Updated On : Sep 28,2016   2:40 am
Los Angeles, Sep 28 (IANS) Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, who is dating Kasi Bennett, says his mother wants him to get married soon. View More..

Costantini back as Indian TT team chief coach

    Updated On : Sep 27,2016   8:40 pm
New Delhi, Sep 27 (IANS) The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) on Tuesday re-appointed Italian Massimo Costantini as the national team chief coach for a two-year period up to September 30, 2018. View More..

Asian Beach Games to switch to 4-year cycle, maximum entry rules changed

    Updated On : Sep 27,2016   7:58 pm
Danang (Vietnam), Sep 27 (IANS) A maximum of two athletes from each delegation will be allowed to compete in individual events at future editions of the Asian Beach Games after a rule change approved here on Tuesday at the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly. View More..

Don't understand why Russian athletes sanctioned at Rio Games: IOC chief

    Updated On : Sep 27,2016   3:38 pm
Tokyo, Sep 27 (IANS) International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach says he "still does not understand" why Russian athletes were sanctioned at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. View More..

Olympic champ race walker Wang Zhen eyes another gold at Tokyo 2020

    Updated On : Sep 27,2016   3:02 pm
Suzhou (China), Sep 27 (IANS) Only one month after claiming the men's 20-kilometre race walk title at the Rio Olympic Games, China's Wang Zhen has already set his sights on defending gold at the 2020 Tokyo Games. View More..

Paralympians urge equal respect, opportunities

    Updated On : Sep 27,2016   2:44 pm
New Delhi, Sep 27 (IANS) Indian para-athletes, who clinched four medals at the just-concluded Rio Paralympic Games, have made a passionate plea to the government for proper jobs and treatment at par with their able-bodied counterparts. View More..

Greek Olympic medallist Devetzis denies doping allegations

    Updated On : Sep 26,2016   4:04 pm
Athens, Sep 26 (IANS) Greek veteran triple jumper Pigi Devetzis, who won the silver medal in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and the bronze in the 2008 Beijing Games, has admitted that she was under inquiry by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding her participation in the Beijing Olympics, but strongly denied allegations that she had used doping substances. View More..

Tanay Malhara dances his way to victory in 'Dance+ Season 2'

    Updated On : Sep 25,2016   9:50 pm
Mumbai, Sep 25 (IANS) Maharashtra-based Tanay Malhara, 14, on Sunday night emerged as the winner of the dance reality TV show "Dance+ Season 2". View More..

Clattenburg to referee Borussia-Real Madrid Champions tie

    Updated On : Sep 25,2016   9:02 pm
Madrid, Sep 25 (IANS) The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced on Sunday that English official Mark Clattenburg will oversee the match between Borussia Dortmund and visiting club Real Madrid in round two of the Champions League group stage on Tuesday. View More..

Government working on scheme for Paralympics development: Modi

    Updated On : Sep 25,2016   4:38 pm
New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated Indian medallists at the recently-held Rio Paralympics, saying his government was working on bringing a proper scheme for the development of para athletes. View More..

Olympic champion Kipruto eyes steeplechase world record in 2017

    Updated On : Sep 24,2016   3:10 pm
Nairobi, Sep 24 (IANS) Olympic steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya is now ready to focus on a world record attempt next season. View More..

Given infrastructure like cricket, our Olympic athletes can do well: Ganguly

    Updated On : Sep 23,2016   11:36 pm
Kolkata Sep 23 (IANS) Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Friday backed the just-returned Indian Olympic athletes saying if given the right infrastructure like in cricket, they can come out with flying colours. View More..

AIGF plans to approach NITI Aayog for legalising betting

    Updated On : Sep 23,2016   7:30 pm
New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) Contending that legalising sports betting was one of the ways to deal with paucity of funds faced by sports bodies in the country, the All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) is mulling petitioning the Niti Aayog in this regard. View More..

AIGF plans to approach NITI Aayog for legalising betting

    Updated On : Sep 23,2016   6:22 pm
New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) Contending that legalising sports betting was one of the ways to deal with paucity of funds faced by sports bodies in the country, the All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) is mulling petitioning the Niti Aayog in this regard. View More..

Olympics will become Paralympics as technology enhances human abilities

    Updated On : Sep 23,2016   4:40 pm
Kolkata, Sep 23 (IANS) With technology increasingly enhancing human abilities, a day will come when Olympics become the Paralympics, envisions scientist Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan, the first American of Indian origin to be appointed to the US National Science Board by President Barack Obama. View More..

Sania-Barbora enter Pan Pacific Open final

    Updated On : Sep 23,2016   4:34 pm
Tokyo, Sep 23 (IANS) Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova entered the women's doubles final of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament with a 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 win over Gabriela Dabrowski and Maria Jose Martina Sanchez. View More..

LaGuardia Airport reopens after lockdown

    Updated On : Sep 23,2016   2:14 pm
New York, Sep 23 (IANS) New York's LaGuardia Airport has reopened following a lockdown after a car was left unattended outside a terminal, media reports said on Friday. View More..

New laws are very silly, should go through Beta testing (The Funny Side)

    Updated On : Sep 23,2016   11:12 am
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New York's LaGuardia airport on lockdown

    Updated On : Sep 23,2016   10:32 am
New York, Sep 23 (IANS) Authorities have imposed a lockdown and evacuated people from New York's LaGuardia Airport after a car was left unattended outside of a terminal, police said. View More..

Deliberately kept low profile before departure: PCI chief

    Updated On : Sep 22,2016   11:36 pm
New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) president Rao Inderjit Singh on Thursday said that they deliberately kept a low profile before departing for the Rio Paralympic Games as they did not want to put pressure on athletes and this is the reason, they performed well, View More..