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

Saina, Srikanth, Praneeth advance; Ashwini-Sikki lose at Badminton Worlds

    Updated On : Aug 23,2017   10:08 pm
Glasgow, Aug 23 (IANS) Olympic 2012 bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, B. Sai Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the third round, while the women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy lost in the second round of the World Badminton Championships here on Wednesday. View More..

Saina, Praneeth, Srikanth in 3rd round of Badminton Worlds

    Updated On : Aug 23,2017   7:34 pm
Glasgow, Aug 23 (IANS) Olympic 2012 bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, B. Sai Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the third round of the World Badminton Championships here on Wednesday. View More..

AIFF technical committee proposes development plan for Indian football

    Updated On : Aug 23,2017   7:22 pm
New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) The All India Football Federations (AIFF) technical committee under the chairmanship of former star striker Shyam Thapa met to discuss the development plan for Indian football beyond the FIFA U-17 World Cup. View More..

Saina, Praneeth in 3rd round of Badminton Worlds

    Updated On : Aug 23,2017   6:08 pm
Glasgow, Aug 23 (IANS) Olympic 2012 bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and B. Sai Praneeth advanced to the third round of the World Badminton Championships here on Wednesday. View More..

This is the best phase of Indian TT in recent years: Soumyajit

    Updated On : Aug 23,2017   3:08 pm
Kolkata, Aug 23 (IANS) Ace Indian paddler Soumyajit Ghosh, who along with G. Sathiyan came close to toppling the top-seeded Japanese duo of Jin Uda and Maharu Yoshimura only to end with a silver in the men's doubles at the Bulgaria Open in Panagyurishte last week, feels this is the best phase for table tennis in the country in recent times. View More..

Uganda a rising star on international athletics stage

    Updated On : Aug 23,2017   1:34 pm
Kampala, Aug 23 (IANS) Twenty-year-old Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei ran his heart out at the recently concluded International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships in London. View More..

Sindhu, Praneeth advance; Sumeeth-Ashwini lose at Badminton Worlds

    Updated On : Aug 22,2017   9:50 pm
Glasgow, Aug 22 (IANS) India's P.V. Sindhu, B. Sai Praneeth, Ajay Jayaram and the mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy advanced but the mixed doubles pairing of B. Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost in the second round of the World Badminton Championships here on Tuesday. View More..

Australia upbeat despite poor show at Swimming Worlds

    Updated On : Aug 22,2017   8:06 pm
Canberra, Aug 22 (IANS) Australia last month produced its worst performance at a World Swimming Championships in 35 years but the sport's officials on Tuesday remained positive about the future, saying the swimming team's focus is purely on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. View More..

Second seed Lee Chong Wei crashes out of world badminton

    Updated On : Aug 22,2017   7:46 pm
Glasgow, Aug 22 (IANS) Second seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia suffered a shocking defeat to Brice Leverdez of France in the first round of the Badminton World Championships here on Tuesday. View More..

Jhajharia, Sardar to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

    Updated On : Aug 22,2017   6:28 pm
New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) Paralympics double gold medallist and world record holder Devendra Jhajharia has been named as the recipient of this year's Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award along with former India hockey team captain Sardar Singh. View More..

Jhajharia, Sardar to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

    Updated On : Aug 22,2017   5:08 pm
New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) Paralympics double gold medallist and world record holder Devendra Jhajharia has been named as the recipient of this year's Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award along with former India hockey team captain Sardar Singh. View More..

Jude Felix named coach of junior hockey team

    Updated On : Aug 22,2017   3:58 pm
New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) Hockey India (HI) on Tuesday announced the appointment of former India captain Jude Felix Sebastian as coach for the junior men's team. View More..

India needs to promote woman power for better shot at Olympic medals (Comment: Special to IANS)

    Updated On : Aug 22,2017   11:52 am
A few months ago, I was on a panel discussing how more women could be engaged in sports or how equal opportunities could be created for them in sports. Sitting on a platform set up by the country's largest industry body that is backed by the government, it certainly did not make sense for anybody to criticise existing policies or programmes. Hence, I chose to present a case study -- one of the most successful initiatives by the US government to increase women's participation in sports -- Title IX. View More..

Australian cyclist Perkins gets Russian passport

    Updated On : Aug 21,2017   7:10 pm
Moscow, Aug 21 (IANS) Australia-born track cyclist Shane Perkins, a 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, has received a Russian passport, his coach Vladimir Khozov said on Monday. View More..

Special Olympics Bharat receives $1mn to launch Mission Inclusion

    Updated On : Aug 21,2017   6:50 pm
New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Special Olympics Bharat has joined hands with the Lions Clubs International Foundation to launch a national partnership titled Mission Inclusion Bharat here, receiving a $1 million grant for an initial period of three years, it was announced on Monday. View More..

Scientists identify bacteria that boosts athletic performance

    Updated On : Aug 21,2017   1:46 pm
New York, Aug 21 (IANS) Tapping into the microbiome of runners and rowers, scientists have identified a bacteria that inhabits their digestive tracts and may aid in athletic performance, a finding that can help develop probiotic bacteria for applications in performance and recovery. View More..

Lin, Lee play down possible highly-anticipated duel in badminton worlds final

    Updated On : Aug 20,2017   8:00 pm
Glasgow, Aug 20 (IANS) China's Lin Dan and Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei will focus more on themselves than the elusive highly-anticipated contest between the arch-rivals in World Badminton Championships final. View More..

Sindhu, Saina, Srikanth in focus at Badminton Worlds (Preview)

    Updated On : Aug 20,2017   6:54 pm
Glasgow, Aug 20 (IANS) Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu, a hungry Saina Nehwal and a reinvigorated Kidambi Srikanth will be in focus when the World Badminton Championships begin here on Monday. View More..

Golfer Chawrasia nominated for Arjuna Award

    Updated On : Aug 20,2017   3:52 pm
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Seasoned Indian golfer S.S.P. Chawrasia, a winner of six international titles including four on the European Tour, has been nominated for the prestigious Arjuna Award, it was announced on Sunday. View More..

Narang focussed on improving Olympic medals tally

    Updated On : Aug 20,2017   1:04 pm
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Olympic medallist Gagan Narang has asserted that he is focussed on developing talent from the grassroot level through his foundation to help India win as many medals as possible in shooting at the 2024 Olympics. View More..