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

Czech Ledecka wins snowboarding parallel giant slalom gold, makes history

    Updated On : Feb 24,2018   9:10 pm
PyeongChang, Feb 24 (IANS) The Czech Republic's Ester Ledecka on Saturday won gold at the snowboarding parallel giant slalom at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, making her the first woman to ever get gold medals for two different sports in the same Winter Games. View More..

CAS confirms positive dope test for Russia's Sergeeva

    Updated On : Feb 24,2018   8:56 pm
PyeongChang, Feb 24 (IANS) The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed Saturday that Russia's Nadezhda Sergeeva failed a drug test. View More..

Winter Olympics: Swiss snowboarder wins men's PGS gold

    Updated On : Feb 24,2018   4:18 pm
Pyeongchang (South Korea), Feb 24 (IANS) Nevin Galmarini of Switzerland pocketed the men's snowboard parallel giant slalom gold medal at PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games here on Saturday. View More..

Niskanen wins Olympic gold in 50km cross-country skiing

    Updated On : Feb 24,2018   4:12 pm
PyeongChang, Feb 24 (IANS) Finland's Iivo Niskanen won the men's 50km cross-country skiing on Saturday at the Alpensia Cross-Country Center during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics here. View More..

PyeongChang's closing ceremony to include preview of Beijing 2022

    Updated On : Feb 24,2018   2:18 pm
PyeongChang, Feb 24 (IANS) The closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics will include a preview of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, organisers said on Saturday. View More..

Canada's Toutant wins Olympic gold in snowboard big air

    Updated On : Feb 24,2018   1:58 pm
PyeongChang, Feb 24 (IANS) Canada's Sebastien Toutant won the gold in the men's snowboard big air event on Saturday at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. View More..

Winter Olympics: Austria beat S. Korea in alpine skiing

    Updated On : Feb 24,2018   10:50 am
Seoul, Feb 24 (IANS) South Korea lost to Austria in the alpine skiing team event at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Saturday. View More..

S.Korea welcomes new US sanctions on N.Korea

    Updated On : Feb 24,2018   10:02 am
Seoul, Feb 24 (IANS) South Korea on Saturday welcomed fresh unilateral sanctions described as the heaviest ever adopted by the US against North Korea, and said the measures would contribute towards the common goal of the denuclearisation of Pyongyang in a peaceful manner. View More..

Winter Olympics: Korea's Lee enters PGS final

    Updated On : Feb 24,2018   9:10 am
Pyeongchang (South Korea), Feb 24 (IANS) South Korean alpine snowboarding ace Lee Sang-ho reached the men's parallel giant slalom (PGS) final at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics here on Saturday. View More..

Moon, Ivanka stress need for peace, but differ on N. Korea

    Updated On : Feb 23,2018   8:08 pm
Seoul, Feb 23 (IANS) South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday reiterated the need to maintain the ongoing mood of dialogue and reconciliation between his country and North Korea while Ivanka Trump, currently leading the US delegation to the closing of the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, stressed the need to continue putting maximum pressure on the Communist state. View More..

Athlete Sergeeva tests positive for doping at Winter Olympics

    Updated On : Feb 23,2018   7:30 pm
Moscow, Feb 23 (IANS) Bobsleigh athlete Nadezhda Sergeeva tested positive in a doping test at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, the Russian Bobsleigh Federation said on Friday. View More..

Winter Olympics: South Korea take bronze in men's speed skating

    Updated On : Feb 23,2018   5:54 pm
Gangneung (South Korea), Feb 23 (IANS) South Korean speed skater Kim Tae-yun captured bronze in the men's 1,000m discipline in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics here on Friday. View More..

Australia captain Knowles to quit international hockey after CWG

    Updated On : Feb 23,2018   3:44 pm
Brisbane, Feb 23 (IANS) Australia's talismanic captain Mark Knowles on Friday announced that he will retire from international hockey after the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April. View More..

Winter Olympics: S. Korea target speed skating titles

    Updated On : Feb 23,2018   3:32 pm
Pyeongchang (South Korea), Feb 23 (IANS) South Korea will try to add two gold medals in the final speed skating events at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Saturday. View More..

Skier Vonn targets World Cup wins record

    Updated On : Feb 23,2018   3:26 pm
Pyeongchang (South Korea), Feb 23 (IANS) After winning a bronze medal at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, American alpine skier Lindsey Vonn on Friday said that her next goal is to break the record of World Cup wins held by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark. View More..

Ivanka Trump arrives in S. Korea for Games, diplomacy

    Updated On : Feb 23,2018   2:50 pm
Seoul, Feb 23 (IANS) US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump on Friday arrived in South Korea to reaffirm the "strong and enduring commitment" to the people of the US's ally, two weeks after the North Korean leader sent his sister here on a mission seen as an attempt to undermine Seouls alliance with Washington. View More..

Koreas to hold talks on Pyongyang's Paralympics participation

    Updated On : Feb 23,2018   2:08 pm
Seoul, Feb 23 (IANS) South and North Korea on Friday agreed to hold working-level talks next week to discuss Pyongyang's participation in the 2018 Winter Paralympics, which will be held in next month, Seoul's Unification Ministry has confirmed. View More..

Russian curlers stripped of Olympic medal

    Updated On : Feb 23,2018   1:32 pm
Moscow, Feb 23 (IANS) Russian curlers Anastasia Bryzgalova and Aleksandr Krushelnitskii returned the bronze medal they won in the mixed doubles at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics after the male athlete was disqualified for doping. View More..

Canada take double podium in women's ski cross final

    Updated On : Feb 23,2018   1:06 pm
PyeongChang (South Korea), Feb 23 (IANS) Canada on Friday scored a double podium as Kelsey Serwa and Brittany Phelan took the gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women's ski cross final at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics here. View More..

Russian Olympic Committee fulfils IOC condition, pays it $15m

    Updated On : Feb 22,2018   7:02 pm
Moscow, Feb 22 (IANS) The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has fulfilled the financial requirements set by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on December 5 for reinstating Russias membership and paid $15 million in full, the ROC said in a press release on Thursday. View More..