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

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..

North Korea accuses Japan of planning cyberspace war

    Updated On : Aug 20,2017   1:10 am
Pyongyang, Aug 20 (IANS) North Korea accused Japan of building a cyberspace attack force in its military under the pretext of self-defence, the media reported. View More..

Narang focused on grassroots in search of Olympic shooting medals (IANS Interview)

    Updated On : Aug 19,2017   6:38 pm
New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) Former star shooter Gagan Narang on Saturday asserted that he is focussed on developing talent from the grassroot level through his foundation to help India maximise the shooting medal tally at the 2020 Olympics. View More..

Brazil forward Luan in Atletico Madrid's sights

    Updated On : Aug 19,2017   2:26 pm
Rio de Janeiro, Aug 19 (IANS) Spanish top division football club Atletico Madrid are preparing a bid to sign Brazil international forward Luan from Gremio, according to reports in the Brazilian media. View More..

Photo exhibition of legendary footbballers from September 11

    Updated On : Aug 18,2017   7:02 pm
New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) Indo Europe Sports & Leisure Promotional Council and Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Friday announced a photo exhibition showcasing photographs of the legendary football players of the country. View More..

Bali to host international triathlon in October

    Updated On : Aug 18,2017   6:54 pm
Jakarta, Aug 18 (IANS) Indonesia's resort island of Bali will host an international triathlon in October of this year, an official announced on Friday. View More..

K.D Jadhav Memorial Kushti meet launched

    Updated On : Aug 18,2017   4:24 pm
New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) The Sangram Singh Foundation launched the first K.D. Jadhav Memorial International Kushti Championship here on Friday to pay tribute to the country's first individual Olympic medallist. View More..

Number of athletes moving from track to marathon growing in Kenya

    Updated On : Aug 18,2017   4:20 pm
Nairobi, Aug 18 (IANS) More Kenyan track athletes are switching from track to marathon as they grow older while opting for slower events. View More..

Spanish shuttler Marin vows to bring highest level to World Championships

    Updated On : Aug 18,2017   2:02 pm
Madrid, Aug 18 (IANS) Spanish 2016 Olympic gold medallist and two-time reigning world champion Carolina Marin has said that she is at her peak heading into next week's Badminton World Championships in Glasgow. View More..

2008 Olympic champ cyclist Sanchez tests positive

    Updated On : Aug 18,2017   1:30 pm
Madrid, Aug 18 (IANS) Spanish cyclist Samuel Sanchez, who won the gold medal in the men's road race in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, has been suspended after testing positive for drugs, the International Union of Cycling (UCI) has announced. View More..

Fast time inspires champs Kirui, Kiplagat to defend Chicago marathon titles

    Updated On : Aug 17,2017   7:50 pm
Nairobi, Aug 17 (IANS) Defending Chicago Marathon champions Abel Kirui and Florence Kiplagat of Kenya are plotting to run a fast time in this year's event, which will be held on October 8. View More..

Former international decries falling standards of boxing in Kenya

    Updated On : Aug 17,2017   7:18 pm
Nairobi, Aug 17 (IANS) A former Kenyan international boxer on Thursday decried the falling standards of the game in the East African nation, saying the former boxing powerhouse ought to go back to the drawing board to arrest the decline. View More..

Gremio edge toward Copa do Brasil final

    Updated On : Aug 17,2017   2:04 pm
Rio de Janeiro, Aug 17 (IANS) Brazilian football club Gremio took a step toward in securing a place in the Copa do Brasil final by defeating Cruzeiro 1-0 in the first leg of their semi-final in Porto Alegre. View More..

Franchises from Guwahati, Ahmedabad join PBL

    Updated On : Aug 16,2017   8:34 pm
New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) The Vodafone Premier Badminton League (PBL) will become an eight-team affair in the next edition with two franchises from Guwahati and Ahmedabad being confirmed to join the existing six teams, it was announced on Wednesday. View More..