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

Hyderabad student to represent India at 'World Skills 2017'

    Updated On : Sep 25,2017   6:30 pm
Hyderabad, Sep 25 (IANS) A student from Hyderabad will represent India at the "World Skills 2017" to be held in Abu Dhabi next month. View More..

Shuttler Sindhu thanks ministry for Padma Bhushan nomination

    Updated On : Sep 25,2017   3:22 pm
New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) Elated at being nominated for the country's third highest civilian honour -- Padma Bhushan -- Rio Olympics silver medallist shuttler P.V. Sindhu on Monday thanked the Sports Ministry for the recommendation. View More..

Olympic medallist elected Hungarian Swimming Association President

    Updated On : Sep 25,2017   1:22 pm
Budapest, Sep 25 (IANS) Sandor Wladar, the 200 metre backstroke gold medallist at the 1980 Moscow Olympics Games, was elected the new President of the Hungarian Swimming Association here. View More..

Shuttler P.V. Sindhu nominated for Padma Bhushan award

    Updated On : Sep 25,2017   1:10 pm
New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) The Sports Ministry has nominated Rio Olympics silver medallist shuttler P.V. Sindhu for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award. View More..

Kenya's Kipchoge wins Berlin Marathon, falls short of world record

    Updated On : Sep 24,2017   11:18 pm
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Axelsen, Marin claim singles titles at Japan Open

    Updated On : Sep 24,2017   3:56 pm
Tokyo, Sep 24 (IANS) Denmark's reigning world champion Viktor Axelsen and 2016 Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain clinched the men's and women's singles titles respectively at the $325,000 Japan Open Superseries badminton championships here on Sunday. View More..

Pranaav-Sikki lose in Japan Open semis

    Updated On : Sep 23,2017   7:14 pm
Tokyo, Sep 23 (IANS) India's mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy lost in the semi-finals of the $325,000 Japan Open Superseries badminton championships here on Saturday. View More..

Barefoot to Boots; the many facets of Indian football (Column: Just Sport)

    Updated On : Sep 23,2017   6:30 pm
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Pranaav-Sikki lose in Japan Open semis

    Updated On : Sep 23,2017   10:44 am
Tokyo, Sep 23 (IANS) India's mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy lost in the semi-finals of the $325,000 Japan Open Superseries badminton championships here on Saturday. View More..

Pranaav-Sikki reach semis; Srikanth, Prannoy lose in Japan Open

    Updated On : Sep 22,2017   4:48 pm
Tokyo, Sep 22 (IANS) India's mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy reached the semi-finals, while the men's singles shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and H.S. Prannoy fell in the quarter-finals of the $325,000 Japan Open Superseries here on Friday. View More..

Sindhu, Saina crash out; Srikanth, Prannoy advance in Japan Open

    Updated On : Sep 21,2017   4:04 pm
Tokyo, Sep 21 (IANS) India's campaign in the women's singles category of the $325,000 Japan Open Superseries ended after P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal lost in straight games to local favourite Nozomi Okuhara and Spain's Carolina Marin, in their respective matches here on Thursday. View More..

Pakistan target Asia Cup hockey title

    Updated On : Sep 20,2017   7:10 pm
Dhaka, Sep 20 (IANS) The Pakistan hockey team has struggled at the international level over the past several years, but head coach Farhat Khan is determined to trigger a turnaround by winning the Asia Cup to be held here next month. View More..

Sindhu, Saina, Srikanth, Prannoy advance at Japan Open

    Updated On : Sep 20,2017   6:04 pm
Tokyo, Sep 20 (IANS) Olympic badminton medallists P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, H.S. Prannoy and the mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa advanced to the second round of Japan Open Superseries here on Wednesday. View More..

Distance running great Loroupe to go alone in NOC-K elections

    Updated On : Sep 20,2017   1:52 pm
Nairobi, Sep 20 (IANS) Retired Kenyan female distance running legend Tegla Loroupe has declared she will go it alone in the forthcoming National Olympic Committee-Kenya (NOC-K) elections. View More..

Anil Kapoor starts prepping for Bindra biopic: Harshvardhan Kapoor

    Updated On : Sep 20,2017   11:18 am
Mumbai, Sep 20 (IANS) Actor Harshvardhan Kapoor, who will play shooter Abhinav Bindra on the silver screen, says his father Anil Kapoor has already started prepping for his role to essay Apjit Bindra, father of the Gold medalist at 2008 Beijing Olympics. View More..

Pressure mounts as Kenyans Kipsang, Kipchoge off to Berlin marathon

    Updated On : Sep 19,2017   7:36 pm
Nairobi, Sep 19 (IANS) Anxiety is reaching boiling point as former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang and Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge left for Germany to compete at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday. View More..

Shuttler Kashyap fails to qualify for Japan Open

    Updated On : Sep 19,2017   7:06 pm
Tokyo, Sep 19 (IANS) Indian singles shuttler Parupalli Kashyap failed to qualify for the Japan Open Superseries, starting here on Wednesday, while Satwiksairaj Rankireddy advanced to the main draws in both the men's and mixed double categories, partnering Chirag Shetty and Ashwini Ponappa here on Tuesday. View More..

The Czech Locomotive's long run into our hearts (Sep 19 is Olympian Emil Zatopek's 95th birth anniversary)

    Updated On : Sep 19,2017   11:10 am
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DSport acquires India broadcast rights for Laver Cup tennis

    Updated On : Sep 18,2017   6:22 pm
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Japan releases postage stamps on Indian yoga experts

    Updated On : Sep 17,2017   10:04 pm
Kolkata, Sep 17 (IANS) Acknowledging the role played by yoga legend Bishnu Charan Ghosh and his family members in spreading Indian postural yoga in Japan, the Japanese postal department has released postage stamps on four of Bengal's famous exponents of the ancient Indian practice. View More..