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

Indians disappoint at shooting World Cup

    Updated On : Feb 26,2017   7:00 pm
New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) Sanjeev Rajput finished fifth in the mens 50m Rifle 3 Positions event on a disappointing day for Indians at the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup here on Sunday. View More..

20 years on, Winter Asiad shows winter games for elite

    Updated On : Feb 26,2017   4:10 pm
Sapporo (Japan), Feb 26 (IANS) The Asian Winter Games in Sapporo didn't welcome a new medal winner country until the penultimate day of the week-long event. Two decades after it was launched in Sapporo, the Asian version of the Winter Olympics remains dominated by an elite club of a few countries. View More..

Gebrselassie, Sachin to flag off Sunday's IDBI marathon (Preview)

    Updated On : Feb 25,2017   7:22 pm
New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) Two time Olympics medallist Haile Gebrselassie from Ethiopia and Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar will flag off all the four races of the second IDBI Federal Life Insurance marathon from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Sunday. View More..

Indians disappoint on 2nd day of Shooting World Cup

    Updated On : Feb 25,2017   7:14 pm
New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) Indian shooters failed to yield any medals despite reaching the finals of two events on the second day of the ongoing World Cup even as China continued to dominate the medal tally winning three golds and two silver at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range here on Saturday. View More..

Xi stresses preparation for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

    Updated On : Feb 25,2017   7:22 am
Beijing, Feb 25 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed that the city planning and construction in Beijing, and preparation for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, are two important missions for the city in the near future. View More..

Sindhu prefers Andhra over Telangana for government job

    Updated On : Feb 24,2017   9:38 pm
Vijayawada, Feb 24 (IANS) Olympic 2016 silver medallist P.V. Sindhu has preferred Andhra Pradesh over Telangana to accept a government job offer. The star shuttler, who was born in Hyderabad, has accepted the job offer of Andhra Pradesh, the state her parents come from. View More..

Pooja's bronze opens India's medal count in shooting World Cup

    Updated On : Feb 24,2017   6:58 pm
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Ace shooter Pooja Ghatkar claimed a bronze in the women's 10m air rifle event to open India's medal count at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range here on Friday. View More..

UP Wizards aim to break HIL semi-final jinx, face Kalinga (Preview)

    Updated On : Feb 24,2017   5:12 pm
Chandigarh, Feb 24 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Wizards will aim to break their semi-final hoodoo, while Kalinga Lancers will eye a second consecutive final appearance when these two sides face off in a last-four match of the Coal India Hockey India League (HIL) here on Saturday. View More..

Indian athletes can dominate Kenyans, Ethiopians in future: Gebrselassie

    Updated On : Feb 24,2017   3:28 pm
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Two-time Olympic gold medallist long distance runner Haile Gebrselassie on Friday predicted that Indian atheltes will outshine their Kenyan, Ethiopian and other African counterparts on the track in the coming days. View More..

Dohmen, Naomi named best hockey players of 2016

    Updated On : Feb 23,2017   4:14 pm
Chandigarh, Feb 23 (IANS) Olympic silver medallist John-John Dohmen of Belgium and retiring Netherlands star Naomi Van As were named the male and female Players of the Year for 2016, respectively, by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) here on Thursday. View More..

Hungary withdraws candidacy from the 2024 Olympic Games

    Updated On : Feb 23,2017   7:44 am
Budapest, Feb 23 (IANS) The Hungarian government announced a decision on a proposal to withdraw the candidacy from the 2024 Olympic Games in Budapest, addressed to both the Budapest City Hall and the National Olympic Committee, media reports said. View More..

World champ Ning Zetao out of Chinese swimming team

    Updated On : Feb 22,2017   10:00 pm
Beijing, Feb 22 (IANS) World champion Ning Zetao has violated the rules of the Chinese national swimming team and was sent back to his original Chinese Navy team for training, the Chinese swimming authority confirmed on Wednesday. View More..

Top Kenyan athletes eye Tokyo marathon title

    Updated On : Feb 22,2017   7:44 pm
Nairobi, Feb 22 (IANS) Elite Kenyan runners competing at the Tokyo marathon on Sunday will be targeting two birds with one stone. View More..

Double Olympic rowing winners Glover, Stanning to run London Marathon

    Updated On : Feb 22,2017   7:14 pm
London, Feb 22 (IANS) Britain's double Olympic rowing gold medallists Helen Glover and Heather Stanning will run against each other at the London Marathon to be held on April 23, the organisers confirmed here on Wednesday. View More..

Cash prize for T20 World Cup-winning blind cricket team

    Updated On : Feb 22,2017   5:52 pm
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Putting rest to speculations, Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Wednesday announced a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh for each member of the victorious Blind cricket T20 World Cup winning squad. View More..

Stokes far behind wrestling star Stadnik in per minute income

    Updated On : Feb 22,2017   4:32 pm
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was signed for a whooping Rs 14.5 crore by Indian Super League (IPL) franchise Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) for the upcoming edition, is still behind Pro Wrestling League (PWL) star Mariya Stadnik in terms of earning per minute. View More..

Email spammers fed on war, sports in 2016

    Updated On : Feb 22,2017   3:42 pm
Moscow, Feb 22 (IANS) At a time when war and violence make the headlines -- particularly from Syria -- spammers in 2016 extensively exploited the subject through mailings, a new report revealed on Wednesday. View More..

After Vijender, Akhil, IOS signs 13 more for pro boxing

    Updated On : Feb 21,2017   4:24 pm
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) After signing big names like Beijing Olympians Vijender Singh, Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar, IOS Boxing Promotions on Tuesday announced the signing of 13 more pugilists. View More..

Brazilian Football Confederation fires coach

    Updated On : Feb 21,2017   12:44 pm
Rio de Janeiro, Feb 21 (IANS) The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) fired Rogerio Micale as the youth coach, six months after he directed the national side to its first-ever Olympic gold. View More..

Mamata promises Rs 5 lakh each to Bengal sports bodies

    Updated On : Feb 20,2017   4:38 pm
Kolkata, Feb 20 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced financial aid of Rs 5 lakh each to all sports bodies in the state nurturing Olympic talents. View More..