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

Long jump champion Rutherford withdraws from world meet

    Updated On : Jul 25,2017   9:20 pm
London, July 25 (IANS) British long jump champion Greg Rutherford will not be able to defend his title at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 in August, as he pulled out on Tuesday. View More..

Peaty retains 100m breaststroke title at World Championships

    Updated On : Jul 25,2017   1:10 pm
Budapest, July 25 (IANS) Briton Adam Peaty mounted a successful defense of his title in the 100 meter breaststroke title at the FINA World Championships here. View More..

Sjostrom wins third straight 100m butterfly gold at World Championships

    Updated On : Jul 25,2017   1:10 pm
Budapest, July 25 (IANS) Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom has won the gold medal in the women's 100m butterfly gold event at the FINA World Championships here. View More..

Don't pay attention to titles like 'stars', says Amit Sadh

    Updated On : Jul 25,2017   12:12 pm
New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) Actor Amit Sadh, who is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming film "Raagdesh", says he does not pick movies according to the actors it features but gives priority to the script. View More..

Threat to auction India's first individual Olympic Bronze Medal

    Updated On : Jul 24,2017   8:38 pm
Satara (Maharashtra), July 24 (IANS) In an embarrassment for the Maharashtra government, the family of the late wrestler Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav, who bagged India's first individual Olympic Bronze Medal in 1952, on Monday threatened to auction it off to finance a wrestling academy the state had long promised to fund. View More..

Amit Sadh's bike reported missing

    Updated On : Jul 24,2017   5:40 pm
London, July 24 (IANS) Actor Amit Sadh, who is currently in London for the shooting of Akshay Kumars "Gold", got an unpleasant surprise on Monday morning when he saw that his bike was missing from his hotel compound. View More..

S. Korea again urges N.Korea to participate in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Updated On : Jul 24,2017   4:00 pm
Seoul, July 24 (IANS) South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday once again urged North Korea to participate in the Winter Olympic Games his country is hosting early next year. View More..

Golfer Spieth wins British Open

    Updated On : Jul 24,2017   3:52 pm
Southport (England), July 24 (IANS) American golfer Jordan Spieth held his nerves to post one-under 69 in the fourth and final round as he registered a three-stroke victory in the 146th British Open, adding a third major title to his collection. View More..

Sports personalities hail Indian women cricketers

    Updated On : Jul 24,2017   3:08 pm
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British rider Froome wins fourth Tour de France title

    Updated On : Jul 24,2017   11:36 am
Paris, July 24 (IANS) British cycling star Christopher Froome won his third straight and fourth Tour de France title as the 104th edition of the world's most prestigious road cycling tournament concluded here. View More..

Amit Sadh calls himself 'picky'

    Updated On : Jul 23,2017   7:24 pm
New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Actor Amit Sadh, who is gearing up for the release of the upcoming film "Raagdesh", says he's picky when it comes to reading scripts. View More..

FINA honours Indian swimming federation CEO

    Updated On : Jul 23,2017   6:54 pm
Budapest, July 23 (IANS) FINA, the association governing international competitions in water sports, has honoured Swimming Federation of India CEO Virendra Nanavati for his services to the discipline. View More..

Mithali's girls have given women's sport a big fillip (Column: Just Sport)

    Updated On : Jul 22,2017   5:36 pm
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Bolt wins 100 metres at IAAF Diamond League meet

    Updated On : Jul 22,2017   2:38 pm
Monaco, July 22 (IANS) Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt held on to win the 100 meters while China claimed a shock victory in men's 4x100m relay at Diamond League meet here. View More..

Cunha wins 3rd women's Open Water 25km title at World Championships

    Updated On : Jul 21,2017   9:58 pm
Balatonfured (Hungary), July 21 (IANS) Brazilian swimmer Ana Marcela Cunha clinched the Women's Open Water 25 kilometers at the FINA World Championships here on Friday. View More..

Geeta Phogat gearing up to deliver her best (Lead, correcting intro)

    Updated On : Jul 21,2017   5:42 pm
Mumbai, July 21 (IANS) Geeta Phogat, first Indian woman to win Commonwealth Games gold medal in wrestling, knows that people are going to scrutinise her come-back game more than ever, but says she is ready to deliver her best. View More..

Geeta Phogat gearing up to deliver her best

    Updated On : Jul 21,2017   5:34 pm
Mumbai, July 21 (IANS) Geeta Phogat, India's first Commonwealth Games wrestling gold medallist, knows that people are going to scrutinise her come-back game more than ever, but says she is ready to deliver her best. View More..

Sports has been a big part of my life: Amit Sadh

    Updated On : Jul 21,2017   3:22 pm
New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Actor Amit Sadh, who will be seen sharing screen space with Akshay Kumar in the upcoming film "Gold", says he loves sports and it has been a big part of his life. View More..

Kenya confirms Rudisha's participation in athletics Worlds

    Updated On : Jul 21,2017   1:42 pm
Nairobi, July 21 (IANS) Athletics Kenya (AK) has confirmed that superstar David Rudisha will defend his men's 800 metres title at the IAAF World Championships in London. View More..

Gus Kenworthy 'made out' with Miley Cyrus

    Updated On : Jul 20,2017   6:56 am
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