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

Olympic 800m bronze medallist Nyairera wants to beat champ Semenya

    Updated On : Jan 22,2017   4:48 pm
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Saina clinches Malaysia Masters title

    Updated On : Jan 22,2017   4:02 pm
Sibu (Malaysia), Jan 22 (IANS) Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal was forced to dig deep to overcome unseeded Thailand teenager Pornpawee Chochuwong in straight games to clinch the women's singles title of the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold here on Sunday. View More..

Russian sports minister to attend IAAF Taskforce meet on membership reinstatement

    Updated On : Jan 21,2017   4:02 pm
Moscow, Jan 21 (IANS) Russia Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko and a representative of the country's investigative committee will be attending a meeting of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Taskforce on the possible reinstatement of Russia in the global track and field body, a senior athletics official has said. View More..

Edna seeks Boston win to inspire quest for third World marathon title

    Updated On : Jan 21,2017   2:28 pm
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New captain Fuchs ready to inspire Dabang Mumbai to maiden HIL glory

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   8:04 pm
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) Striker Florian Fuchs was the youngest member of the German squad that clinched the gold at the 2012 London Olympics. Four years later, he bagged another medal, a bronze in Rio. Over the past four years, he has emerged as a leader. With the German team experiencing a transformation phase, responsibility came early for him. Witnessing him deliver under pressure as the leader of the German attack, his Hockey India League (HIL) franchise Dabang Mumbai too has cashed it on him, naming him their captain in the absence of injured Matthew Swann. View More..

Ethiopian icon Gebrselassie urges athletes to shun doping

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   7:54 pm
Nairobi, Jan 20 (IANS) Ethiopian running legend Haile Gebrselassie has called upon athletes to shun doping and compete with a clean slate. View More..

Kenya's Kipchoge to skip 2017 London Marathon

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   7:06 pm
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HIL expected to raise bar in fifth edition (Preview)

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   6:00 pm
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I feel stronger, better and lighter on court: Saina

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   3:28 pm
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) London Olympics bronze medallist shuttler Saina Nehwal on Friday said she now feels "stronger, better and lighter" on the court post her successful return from a knee surgery after the 2016 Rio Olympics. View More..

Robinho in Brazil squad for friendly against Colombia

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   11:28 am
Rio de Janeiro, Jan 20 (IANS) Brazil football team coach Tite has included former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan forward Robinho in his squad for next week's friendly against Colombia, a match that will raise money for the victims of the Chapecoense air crash. View More..

Jallikattu: Protests to intensify as Modi dashes hopes of ordinance (Intro Roundup)

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   9:28 pm
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Punjab edge out Haryana to win PWL title

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   9:28 pm
New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) Punjab Royals produced a dramatic comeback to edge out Haryana Hammers 5-4 in the final of the second edition of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium here on Thursday. View More..

Olympic gold medallist Bindra accepts professorship in Panjab University

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   7:06 pm
Chandigarh, Jan 19 (IANS) The country's sole individual Olympics gold medallist, shooter Abhinav Bindra, on Thursday accepted the Balbir Singh Senior Chair Professorship in the Department of Physical Education of Panjab University here. View More..

Jallikattu: Protesters swell, Modi dashes hopes of ordinance (Roundup)

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   6:12 pm
Chennai/New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) The ongoing massive protests in support of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu looks set to intensify with Prime Minister Narendra Modi remaining silent on the demand to promulgate an ordinance enabling the holding of the traditional bull-taming sport. View More..

Rupinder to lead Delhi Waveriders in HIL 2017

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   4:50 pm
New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) Delhi Waveriders on Thursday named seasoned drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh as captain for the upcoming fifth edition of the Hockey India League (HIL), starting January 21. View More..

Russian athlete moves IAAF to perform under neutral flag

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   3:46 pm
Moscow, Jan 19 (IANS) Russian runner Sergei Shubenkov has filed an application with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) requesting a permit for taking part in international competitions as a neutral athlete. View More..

Julianne Nicholson joins 'I, Tonya' cast

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   1:48 pm
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Probe to be sought on source, fund utilisation by animal rights groups

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   10:32 am
Chennai, Jan 19 (IANS) A case will soon be filed in the Madras High Court to understand the source and use of foreign funds by animal rights organisations, a native cattle breeder said on Thursday. View More..

Baba Ramdev dazzles in promotional PWL bout

    Updated On : Jan 18,2017   10:00 pm
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Yoga guru Baba Ramdev displayed his wrestling skills as he went head-to-head with 2008 Olympic silver medalist Andriy Stadnik in a promotional bout of the Patanjali Powervita Pro Wrestling League (PWL) here on Wednesday. View More..

Punjab knock Mumbai out; set up PWL summit clash with Haryana

    Updated On : Jan 18,2017   9:28 pm
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