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

Shuttler Srikanth in Australia Open semis; Sindhu, Saina crash out (Roundup)

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   8:52 pm
Sydney, June 23 (IANS) Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth entered the men's singles semi-finals while the star duo of P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal crashed out of the women's singles quarter-finals at the $750,000 Australia Open Superseries badminton tournament here on Friday. View More..

Shooter Narang to launch talent development project

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   7:44 pm
Pune, June 23 (IANS) The Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation (GNSPF) has unveiled ambitious plans to train and nurture 20 young and talented shooters from different parts of the country and turn them into international champions. View More..

Saina, Sindhu crash out of Australia Open quarters

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   5:58 pm
Sydney, June 23 (IANS) India's campaign in the women's singles category at the $750,000 Australia Open Superseries ended after London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal went down to sixth-seeded Sun Yu of China in a quarter-finals match here on Friday. View More..

Saina crashes out of Australia Open quarters

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   5:08 pm
Sydney, June 23 (IANS) London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal crashed out of the $750,000 Australia Open Superseries after going down to sixth-seeded Sun Yu of China in a women's singles quarter-final match here on Friday. View More..

CBI raids ex-OOA secretary's residence, office

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   2:24 pm
Bhubaneswar, June 23 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday conducted raids at the residence and office of Ashirbad Behera, the former secretary of the Odisha Olympic Association (OOA), in a land grabbing case. View More..

Shuttler Sindhu crashes out of Australian Open

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   2:08 pm
Sydney, June 23 (IANS) Indian star P.V. Sindhu was knocked out of the $750,000 Australian Open Super Series badminton tournament following a tough quarter-final battle with World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei here on Friday. View More..

Kenyan athletes plagued by injuries ahead of London World Championships

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   1:02 pm
Nairobi, June 23 (IANS) Kenya's injury crisis is ballooning ahead of the London World Championships with Olympic athletics champions Ezekiel Kemboi, David Rudisha and silver medallist Boniface Mucheru joining the list. View More..

Shuttler Srikanth jumps to 11th spot in BWF Rankings

    Updated On : Jun 22,2017   8:58 pm
New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Star Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, who won the Indonesia Open title last week, jumped 11 places to be at the 11th spot in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) ranking on Thursday. View More..

Over 1,500 athletes to take part in Himachal Olympic Games

    Updated On : Jun 22,2017   8:24 pm
Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh), June 22 (IANS) More than 1,500 athletes will take part in the four-day Himachal Pradesh State Olympic Games that began here on Thursday amidst fanfare, the event organisers said. View More..

Stadiums, school playgrounds should be fully utilised: Goel

    Updated On : Jun 22,2017   7:24 pm
New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Stressing on the maximum utilisation of the various stadiums and school playgrounds across the country, Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Thursday said such measures will help in unearthing young talent and developing a sporting culture in the country. View More..

Good day for Indian shuttlers at Australia Open

    Updated On : Jun 22,2017   5:38 pm
Sydney, June 22 (IANS) It was a good day for Indian shuttlers as defending champion Saina Nehwal, Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Sai Praneeth advanced at the $750,000 Australia Open Superseries here on Thursday. View More..

Gymnast Dipa focused on 2020 Olympics

    Updated On : Jun 22,2017   5:14 pm
New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Having recovered from a knee injury, star gymnast Dipa Karmakar is looking forward to doing well at next year's Asian Games even as she remains focused on her long-term goal of winning a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. View More..

Bolt to run 100m in Monaco for worlds preparation

    Updated On : Jun 22,2017   4:20 pm
Paris, June 22 (IANS) Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt will feature in the 100 metre event at the IAAF Diamond League Monaco meeting, the organisers have confirmed. View More..

Hungarian Olympian Katinka Hosszu calls on swimmers to unite against FINA

    Updated On : Jun 22,2017   3:50 pm
Budapest, June 22 (IANS) Three-time Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu published a long statement on her Facebook page, calling on swimmers all around the world to take a stand against the International Swimming Federation (FINA), which introduced new regulations without consulting the competitors. View More..

WBO sanctions Vijender's next bout in first week of August

    Updated On : Jun 22,2017   3:24 pm
New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) The World Boxing Organisation (WBO) has sanctioned the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title and WBO Oriental Super Middleweight title bout between Vijender Singh and Chinese boxer Zulpikar Maimaitiali in the first week of August in Mumbai, the organisers confirmed on Thursday. View More..

Unfit Rudisha to skip Kenya's trials to focus on title defence

    Updated On : Jun 21,2017   7:52 pm
Nairobi, June 21 (IANS) World and Olympic 800 metres champion David Rudisha of Kenya has confirmed that he will skip Friday's national trials for the World Athletics Championships in August. View More..

Intel partners with world Olympic body

    Updated On : Jun 21,2017   7:44 pm
New York, June 21 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Intel on Wednesday announced a long-term technology partnership at an official signing ceremony here with IOC President Thomas Bach and the US tech giant's chief executive officer Brian Krzanich. View More..

Mixed day for Indian shuttlers at Australia Open

    Updated On : Jun 21,2017   5:54 pm
Sydney, June 21 (IANS) It was a mixed day for Indian shuttlers as defending champion Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and B. Sai Praneeth advanced while Parupalli Kashyap, Ajay Jayaram and H.S. Prannoy bowed out of the $750,000 Australia Open Superseries here on Wednesday. View More..

WADA partially suspends anti-doping lab at UCLA for three months

    Updated On : Jun 21,2017   3:10 pm
Los Angeles, June 21 (IANS) The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Tuesday announced a three-month partial ban on the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Olympic Analytical Laboratory (UCLA Laboratory) for testing of specific prohibited substances. View More..

Coach Karmakar expects top-eight finish from shooter Mehuli at Junior Worlds

    Updated On : Jun 21,2017   2:12 pm
Kolkata, June 21 (IANS) As sixteen-year old shooter Mehuli Ghosh readies herself to take part in the Junior World Championships, her coach, Olympian Joydeep Karmakar, expects a top-eight finish from his "well prepared" student. View More..