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

Israel's only Olympic gold medallist to sell his medal

    Updated On : Oct 15,2018   9:28 pm
Jerusalem, Oct 15 (IANS) The only Israeli Olympic gold medal winner ever Gal Fridman, announced on Monday that he would sell the medal at an auction. View More..

India top contenders for Asian Champions Trophy title: Japan chief coach

    Updated On : Oct 15,2018   6:22 pm
Muscat, Oct 15 (IANS) With barely three days to go for the Hero Asian Champions Trophy here, reigning Asian Games champions Japan chief coach Siegfried Aikman on Monday backed defending champions India to retain the title. View More..

India U-18 men's, women's Hockey team bag silver at Youth Olympics

    Updated On : Oct 15,2018   4:04 pm
Buenos Aires (Argentina), Oct 15 (IANS) The Indian Under-18 men's and womens Hockey team finished their 2018 Youth Olympic Games campaign with silver medals. View More..

Beijing 2022 seeks proposals for winter Olympic opening ceremony

    Updated On : Oct 15,2018   1:34 pm
Beijing, Oct 15 (IANS) Beijing Winter Olympic organizers have invited the world to make proposals for the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. View More..

Patrick Baumann, int'l basketball chief, dies in Buenos Aires

    Updated On : Oct 15,2018   12:22 pm
Buenos Aires, Oct 15 (IANS) Switzerland's Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), died here of a heart attack. He was 51. View More..

Indian girls, boys settle for hockey silver

    Updated On : Oct 15,2018   8:44 am
Buenos Aires, Oct 15 (IANS) Indian girls were defeated 3-1 by Argentina here at the Youth Olympics while boys went down 4-2 to Malaysia. View More..

Wrestler Simran takes Youth Olympics silver

    Updated On : Oct 14,2018   9:18 pm
Buenos Aires, Oct 14 (IANS) Indian wrestler Simran had to be content with a silver medal after losing in the final of the women's freestyle 43 kg class at the Youth Olympics here. View More..

From pain and penury to pinnacle of success: The winning tale of gritty Swapna Barman (IANS Special Series)

    Updated On : Oct 14,2018   12:32 pm
Kolkata, Oct 14 (IANS) Until that evening in Jakarta when the country celebrated her success with much fanfare, everything about heptathlete Swapna Barman spelt hardship. From extreme poverty to physical deformity of the kind that threatened to time and again derail her ambition, Swapna pushed every odd to its limits on course to become the first Indian heptathlete to win an Asian Games gold. View More..

Nagaland to come out with sports policy: CM Rio

    Updated On : Oct 13,2018   11:06 pm
Dimapur, Oct 13 (IANS) Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Saturday said his government will come out with a sports policy wherein various sporting disciplines suitable to the state youth will be identified and promoted. View More..

PKL-6: Steelers edge past Fortunegiants in Haryana leg opener

    Updated On : Oct 12,2018   11:14 pm
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Jhingan to captain India in China friendly

    Updated On : Oct 12,2018   8:48 pm
Suzhou (China) Oct 12 (IANS) Sandesh Jhingan will don the captain's armband when the Indian football team take on China in an international friendly at the Suzhou Olympic Stadium here on Saturday. View More..

Bolt scores twice in first match for Aussie club

    Updated On : Oct 12,2018   7:50 pm
Sydney, Oct 12 (IANS) Former Jamaican athlete and multiple Olympic and world sprint champion in 100m, 200m and 4x100m, Usain Bolt, scored a brace in his first match as a soccer player for the Central Coast Mariners here on Friday. View More..

Bolt scores twice in first match for Aussie club

    Updated On : Oct 12,2018   6:58 pm
Sydney, Oct 12 (IANS) Former Jamaican athlete and multiple Olympic and world sprint champion in 100m, 200m and 4x100m, Usain Bolt, scored a brace in his first match as a soccer player for the Central Coast Mariners here on Friday. View More..

Hiddink begins "impossible" Chinese dream on familiar ground

    Updated On : Oct 12,2018   2:18 pm
Hoenderoo (The Netherlands), Oct 12 (IANS) Veteran Dutch coach Guus Hiddink began a long journey with the China U-21 football squad in the Netherlands this week, with the ambitious goal of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. View More..

Peru's Bello tracing father's footsteps at Youth Olympics

    Updated On : Oct 12,2018   2:08 pm
Buenos Aires, Oct 12 (IANS) Peru's Samantha Bello delivered a harsh self-assessment of her first performance at the 2018 summer Youth Olympics here. View More..

Argentina's Firmapaz elated with shooting bronze at Youth Olympics

    Updated On : Oct 12,2018   2:02 pm
Buenos Aires, Oct 12 (IANS) Argentine shooter Facundo Firmapaz could not hide his delight after taking bronze in front of an adoring crowd in the 10m air rifle international mixed team event at the Youth Olympics here. View More..

Climbing debuts at Buenos Aires 2018 ahead of Tokyo 2020

    Updated On : Oct 12,2018   10:40 am
Buenos Aires, Oct 12 (IANS) Six young athletes have competed in the men's Olympics sports climbing finals, which made a debut at the Youth Olympics 2018 before its future inclusion in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. View More..

Bajrang becomes first Indian to get World Championship seeding

    Updated On : Oct 11,2018   10:14 pm
New Delhi, Oct 11 (IANS) One of India's most consistent performers in the recent times, Bajrang Punia has become the first Indian to feature in the top seeds of World Wrestling Championships to be held in Budapest, Hungary, from October 20 to 28. View More..

Sydney match could decide Bolt's footballing future

    Updated On : Oct 11,2018   2:00 pm
Sydney, Oct 11 (IANS) Former Olympic sprint star Usain Bolt is expected to make his first start as a professional footballer on Friday evening, when the Central Coast Mariners take on Macarthur South West United in a charity fixture here. View More..

Shooter Saurabh wins YOG gold, Archana in TT semis

    Updated On : Oct 10,2018   9:20 pm
Buenos Aires, Oct 10 (IANS) Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary won the gold in the boys' 10 metre air pistol event at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) here on Wednesday. View More..