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

Olympic medallist Khan to launch pro boxing league

    Updated On : Apr 24,2017   2:58 pm
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China take women's 4X100m bronze at IAAF World Relays

    Updated On : Apr 24,2017   2:30 pm
Nassau (Bahamas), April 24 (IANS) China collected their second bronze medal at the 2017 IAAF World Relays here as their women's 4X100m team clocked a season best of 43.11 seconds. View More..

Kenya's Keitany breaks world record at women-only London Marathon

    Updated On : Apr 23,2017   6:52 pm
London, April 23 (IANS) Kenya's Mary Keitany broke the 12-year-old world record at the women-only London Marathon here on Sunday. The 35-year-old clocked 2:17:01 hours at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race, taking 41 seconds off the previous mark of 2:17:42 set by Britain's Paula Radcliffe in 2005. View More..

Russian Deputy PM questions testing method for doping substance turinabol

    Updated On : Apr 21,2017   6:36 pm
Moscow, April 21 (IANS) The method to detect turinabol, a banned anabolic steroid found in samples of many athletes during the 2008 and 2012 Olympic games, has been questioned by experts, Russias Deputy Prime Minister in charge of sports, Vitaly Mutko, has said. View More..

Training camp in Europe for Indian mountaineers

    Updated On : Apr 21,2017   4:38 pm
Mumbai, April 21 (IANS) With an eye to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where sport climbing has made it to the quadrennial games, an Indian mountaineering club is set to give hopefuls in the field a comprehensive training camp in Europe, beginning on April 25. View More..

Singapore win turning point for my career: Sai Praneeth

    Updated On : Apr 21,2017   11:34 am
Hyderabad, April 21 (IANS) B. Sai Praneeth, the latest among Indian shuttlers to make their mark in the international arena by winning his maiden Super Series title, believes that this could be a turning point for his career. View More..

US Olympic champion Rollins banned for one year

    Updated On : Apr 21,2017   9:04 am
Washington, April 21 (IANS) American Olympic champion hurdler Brianna Rollins has accepted a one-year ban for failing to report correctly her whereabouts to anti-doping officials, a media report said. View More..

I love skiing: Hugh Jackman

    Updated On : Apr 21,2017   1:36 am
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Golfer Aditi, Chawrasia, Ali Sher win Golf Industry Awards

    Updated On : Apr 20,2017   6:46 pm
Gurugram, April 20 (IANS) Golfers Aditi Ashok, S.S.P Chawrasia and Ali Sher have won the second edition of the Golf Industry Association (GIA) awards, announced here on Thursday. View More..

Good performance will automatically improve ranking: Sindhu

    Updated On : Apr 20,2017   11:40 am
Hyderabad, April 20 (IANS) India's star shuttler P.V. Sindhu is focusing on coming championships and aims to give her best to achieve her ultimate goal -- becoming World No. 1. View More..

Badminton: Kashyap, Dani in China Masters pre-quarters

    Updated On : Apr 19,2017   10:08 pm
Changzhou (China), April 19 (IANS) Indian shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap and Harsheel Dani advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the China Masters Grand Prix Gold here on Wednesday. View More..

Five Russian athletes admit taking banned doping substances

    Updated On : Apr 19,2017   6:46 pm
Moscow, April 19 (IANS) Russian runner Antonina Krivoshapka as well as four more national track and field athletes have admitted to consuming performance-enhancing drugs, the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) announced on Wednesday. View More..

Kenyans take the honours in Boston Marathon

    Updated On : Apr 18,2017   2:44 pm
Boston, April 18 (IANS) Kenya's Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat were the winners in the men's and women's categories of the 121st Boston Marathon here. View More..

Dipa, Sakshi, Alia on Fobes' 'super achievers' list

    Updated On : Apr 17,2017   7:06 pm
New York, April 17 (IANS) Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik, gymnast Dipa Karmakar and actress Alia Bhatt are among the 53 Indians on Forbes' list of super achievers from Asia under the age of 30. View More..

French Open win against Steffi took 3 days to sink in, recalls Arantxa

    Updated On : Apr 17,2017   4:16 pm
New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Legendary Spanish tennis star Arantxa Sánchez on Monday said the feeling of becoming the youngest winner of the women's singles title at the 1989 French Open took three days to sink in. View More..

Luis Fabiano helps Vasco to Rio Cup title

    Updated On : Apr 17,2017   1:36 pm
Rio de Janeiro, April 17 (IANS) Former Brazil striker Luis Fabiano was on target as Vasco da Gama claimed their 10th Rio Cup football title, defeating Botafogo 2-0 at the Olympic stadium here. View More..

Badminton: Srikanth faces Praneeth in Singapore Open final

    Updated On : Apr 15,2017   6:42 pm
Singapore, April 15 (IANS) Men's singles shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and B. Sai Praneeth on Saturday registered easy wins in the semi-finals of the $350,000 Singapore Open, marking the first instance of an all-India final in a Superseries event to be fought here on Sunday. View More..

Hirano ousts Chinese Zhu from Asian TT

    Updated On : Apr 15,2017   3:04 pm
Wuxi (China), April 15 (IANS) Japanese teenager Miu Hirano continued her giant-killing spree at the Asian table tennis championships, stunning world No. 2 Zhu Yuling 3-0 to reach the women's singles final here on Friday. View More..

Gender parity coming to fore in India: Jaitley

    Updated On : Apr 14,2017   9:16 pm
New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that India of today is defined by openness to change and gender parity is coming to the fore. View More..

Srikanth, Praneeth move into semis, Sindhu loses at Singapore Open

    Updated On : Apr 14,2017   7:18 pm
Singapore, April 14 (IANS) Indian men's singles shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and B. Sai Praneeth advanced to the semi-finals, while P.V. Sindhu and the mixed doubles pair of B. Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost in the quarter-finals of the $350,000 Singapore Open Superseries here on Friday. View More..