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

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    Updated On : Dec 18,2018   1:26 pm
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Tsingtao, Yanjing named official beer sponsors of 2022 Winter Olympics

    Updated On : Dec 17,2018   7:08 pm
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After record 6th world title, Mary Kom determined to win Olympic gold (IANS Interview)

    Updated On : Dec 17,2018   1:50 pm
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    Updated On : Dec 17,2018   12:46 pm
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Belgium crowned 2018 hockey World Cup champions (Third Lead)

    Updated On : Dec 16,2018   9:20 pm
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Belgium win FIH Hockey World Cup

    Updated On : Dec 16,2018   8:54 pm
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Belgium win FIH Hockey World Cup

    Updated On : Dec 16,2018   8:48 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 16 (IANS) Olympic silver medallists Belgium won the FIH Hockey World Cup here on Sunday, beating the Netherlands. View More..

Belgium win FIH Hockey World Cup

    Updated On : Dec 16,2018   8:46 pm
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    Updated On : Dec 16,2018   4:30 pm
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Sindhu breaks jinx to win World Tour Finals title

    Updated On : Dec 16,2018   4:18 pm
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Crowd funding is a challenge for team sports, says Rasquinha

    Updated On : Dec 16,2018   3:22 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 16 (IANS) In the past two Olympics India have won eight medals and the majority of these have come from athletes managed by the non-profit Olympic Gold Quest programme, led by former hockey skipper Viren Rasquinha. View More..

Netherlands outsmart Australia to enter hockey World Cup final

    Updated On : Dec 15,2018   9:02 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 (IANS) Three-time champions Netherlands stormed into the final of the hockey World Cup after going past Australia 2(3)-2(4) via sudden death in the pulsating second semi-final at the Kalinga Stadium here on Saturday. View More..

Batra slams head coach Harendra

    Updated On : Dec 15,2018   6:50 pm
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India's Sindhu defeats Thailand's Intanon, storms into final

    Updated On : Dec 15,2018   2:46 pm
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Do we have a substitute to match Sreejesh? asks ex-India captain Somaya (IANS Interview)

    Updated On : Dec 15,2018   2:38 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 (IANS) India's premature exit from the ongoing men's hockey World Cup has raised a few questions, especially on the most experienced player in the current outfit, goalkeeper P.R.Sreejesh, who was held responsible for leaking the deciding goal in the 1-2 loss to the Netherlands in the pulsating quarter-final, a couple of days ago. View More..

Ranjit emerges top pick of PVL player auction, draft

    Updated On : Dec 15,2018   12:28 am
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Ranjit Singh on Friday emerged as top pick in the inaugural Pro Volleyball League (PVL) player auction and draft which saw six foreign players picked through a draft process while 117 Indian players went under the hammer. View More..

World champion Kothari puts weight behind cue sports' Olympic bid

    Updated On : Dec 14,2018   8:28 pm
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Sindhu in semis of BWF World Tour Finals

    Updated On : Dec 14,2018   6:14 pm
Guangzhou (China), Dec 14 (IANS) Star Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu entered the semi-finals of the BWF World Tour Finals, defeating Beiwen Zhand of US in a lop-sided women's singles match here on Friday. View More..

No drastic changes needed after World Cup exit: Merwyn Fernandes

    Updated On : Dec 14,2018   1:16 pm
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India crash out of hockey World Cup after loss to Netherlands

    Updated On : Dec 13,2018   9:18 pm
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