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

IAAF Special Congress passes president Coe's reforms

    Updated On : Dec 04,2016   4:34 pm
Monaco, Dec 4 (IANS) A Special Congress of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has overwhelmingly adopted a reform package drawn up by President Sebastian Coe. View More..

India, Pakistan placed in same pool in HWL Semi-Final

    Updated On : Dec 03,2016   9:40 pm
London, Dec 3 (IANS) Arch-rivals India and Pakistan have been placed in the same pool in the 2016-17 Men's FIH Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final to be held here next June. View More..

Bolt wins record 6th IAAF award

    Updated On : Dec 03,2016   1:26 pm
Monte Carlo, Dec 3 (IANS) Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has won the IAAF male Athlete of the Year for an unprecedented sixth time, wihle Almaz Ayana has taken the female title. View More..

Bolt to focus on 100m in career's last season

    Updated On : Dec 03,2016   1:24 pm
Monte Carlo, Dec 3 (IANS) Multiple Olympic champion Usain Bolt has asserted that he wants to focus on the 100 meters event in his final season, leaving the 200m out of his mind. View More..

Zenit make 18 million-euro bid for Brazilian teenager

    Updated On : Dec 03,2016   12:06 pm
Rio de Janeiro, Dec 3 (IANS) Brazilian teenager Thiago Maia has received an 18 million-euro (around $19.20 million) offer to join Russian football club Zenit Saint Petersburg, according to media reports. View More..

Kenyan Olympic medalist denies receiving Rio 2016 overseas bonus

    Updated On : Dec 02,2016   3:28 pm
Nairobi, Dec 2 (IANS) A Kenyan athlete on Friday denied receiving over $7,600 in overseas allowances from the government despite not competing in the Rio 2016 Olympics Games in Brazil. View More..

Kenya to spread athletics talent search in marginalised areas

    Updated On : Dec 02,2016   3:26 pm
Nairobi, Dec 2 (IANS) Kenyan athletics authorities have announced that they will spread wings to search for talent in the country's marginalised areas. View More..

Kenya's Makau seeks personal best time at Fukuoka marathon

    Updated On : Dec 02,2016   3:16 pm
Nairobi, Dec 2 (IANS) Former world record holder Patrick Makau of Kenya wants to make another attempt at improving his personal best time when he lines up for the Fukuoka Marathon in Japan on Sunday. View More..

China to host 2018 race walking team world championships

    Updated On : Dec 02,2016   1:20 pm
Monte Carlo, Dec 2 (IANS) China's Taicang has been awarded the 2018 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships by the world athletics governing body's council meeting. View More..

IAAF extends Russia's all-round doping ban

    Updated On : Dec 02,2016   9:04 am
Monte Carlo, Dec 2 (IANS) The Athletics' world governing body IAAF has voted to extend Russia's doping ban from international competitions, reports said on Friday. View More..

Badminton: Saina, Praneeth advance; Kashyap bows out of Macau Open

    Updated On : Dec 01,2016   9:14 pm
Macau, Dec 1 (IANS) Star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal defeated Dinar Dyah Ayustine of Indonesia to enter the third round of the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here on Thursday. View More..

Shuttler Sindhu rises to No.7 in BWF rankings

    Updated On : Dec 01,2016   6:56 pm
New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu's maiden China Open title and her subsequent runners-up finish at the Hong Kong Open, helped her gain two spots to the No.7 spot in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) women's singles rankings. View More..

Indian sportswomen Yahoo's top newsmakers for 2016

    Updated On : Dec 01,2016   4:16 pm
New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) Indian sportswomen who won laurels and dominated the headlines during the Rio Olympics pipped all other contenders in 2016 to emerge as the top newsmakers in the country, Yahoo announced on Thursday. View More..

Hungarian Swimming Federation chief quits

    Updated On : Dec 01,2016   1:42 pm
Budapest, Dec 1 (IANS) Tamas Gyarfas, head of the Hungarian Swimming Federation since 1993, has resigned following harsh criticism by the country's top swimmers who demanded his ouster. View More..

WFI announces PWL 2 schedule

    Updated On : Nov 30,2016   6:36 pm
New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Wednesday announced the dates of the second edition of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) which has been rescheduled to January 2-19 next year. View More..

Russian athletes incriminate ex-doping lab chief in inciting drug abuse

    Updated On : Nov 30,2016   5:32 pm
Moscow, Nov 30 (IANS) A number of athletes have testified that former Russian anti-doping lab director Grigory Rodchenkov had incited them to use drugs, the Russian Investigative Committee said on Wednesday. View More..

Bolt pleased with work done on new documentary on him

    Updated On : Nov 30,2016   3:20 pm
London, Nov 30 (IANS) Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has said that he is pleased with the work done by producers of a new documentary which chronicles his rise to iconic status. View More..

Argentina's Davis Cup champions return home

    Updated On : Nov 30,2016   1:56 pm
Buenos Aires, Nov 30 (IANS) Argentina's Davis Cup team has returned home after winning for the first time the most coveted international team event of tennis. View More..

Hockey India appoints David John as High Performance Director

    Updated On : Nov 29,2016   11:44 am
New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) Hockey India (HI) on Tuesday announced the appointment of David John as the High Performance Director. View More..

Sindhu pulls out, Saina to lead Indian challenge at Macau Open (Lead Preview)

    Updated On : Nov 28,2016   9:42 pm
Macau, Nov 28 (IANS) Star shuttler Saina Nehwal will spearhead the Indian challenge at the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament, which starts here on Tuesday after defending champion P.V. Sindhu pulled out on Monday. View More..