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

Top names pull out but Kenya fields strong world marathon team

    Updated On : May 22,2017   9:10 pm
Nairobi, May 22 (IANS) Kenya will still present a strong team to the World Athletics Championships despite the withdrawal of some seasoned runners like Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang. View More..

Kenya's javelin champ Yego to compete in Germany

    Updated On : May 22,2017   9:00 pm
Nairobi, May 22 (IANS) World javelin throw champion Julius Yego from Kenya has a point to prove as he makes his second appearance in competition this season in Rehlingen athletics meeting in Germany on June 5. View More..

Sports lottery to boost Australia's Olympic funding, says minister

    Updated On : May 22,2017   4:48 pm
Canberra, May 22 (IANS) The Australian government is a step closer to introducing a British-style Olympic lottery which could raise 50 million AU dollars ($37.2 million) annually for the development of elite sports, according to a plan outlined by Sports Minister Greg Hunt on Monday. View More..

Striker Fabiano helps Vasco beat Bahia

    Updated On : May 22,2017   2:42 pm
Rio de Janeiro, May 22 (IANS) A second-half goal from former Brazil international striker Luis Fabiano helped Vasco da Gama to a 2-1 victory over Bahia in Brazil's Serie A football championship. View More..

India beaten 1-4 by Denmark in Sudirman Cup

    Updated On : May 22,2017   2:40 pm
Gold Coast, May 22 (IANS) India were beaten 1-4 by Denmark in their opening match of the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championship at the Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium here on Monday. View More..

Sports ministry to launch talent search portal

    Updated On : May 20,2017   5:44 pm
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) The Union Sports Ministry will launch a portal to search for young talent in different Olympic disciplines, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel said here on Saturday. View More..

Will seek details before sending anyone to Olympics: Vijay Goel

    Updated On : May 20,2017   5:36 pm
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel, while taking note of reports that doctors without requisite qualifications were sent to the Rio Olympics, said on Saturday the government will seek complete details before sending anyone to such events in the future. View More..

Kenya's Kamworor, Ndiku take on Farah in Prefontaine meet in US

    Updated On : May 20,2017   4:04 pm
Nairobi, May 20 (IANS) The third stop of the Diamond League will see some of the world's best distance runners clash at America's premier Prefontaine Classic in the 5,000m race providing a preview of what to expect at the London World Championships final. View More..

'Will seek details before sending anyone to Olympics'

    Updated On : May 20,2017   3:08 pm
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel, while taking note of reports that doctors without requisite qualifications were sent to the Rio Olympics, said on Saturday the government will seek complete details before sending anyone to such events in future. View More..

Jeffrey Katzenberg feted with Palme d'Or at Cannes

    Updated On : May 20,2017   1:38 pm
Cannes, May 20 (IANS) Producer Jeffrey Katzenberg has been feted with an honourary Palme d'Or prize at the 70th Cannes Film Festival. View More..

IOC board to discuss awarding 2024 & 2028 Olympics at same time

    Updated On : May 19,2017   9:32 pm
Paris, May 19 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday said its executive board will discuss the viability of awarding hosting rights of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games at the same time in June. View More..

Storm in Kenyan training camp over more doping allegations

    Updated On : May 19,2017   9:30 pm
Nairobi, May 19 (IANS) Italian athletes management company Rosa Associati on Friday raised a storm claiming that three training partners of suspended Olympic marathon champion Jemimah Sumgong may be under probe for failing dope test. View More..

Ravi Kumar finishes fifth in World Cup shooting

    Updated On : May 19,2017   7:18 pm
Munich, May 19 (IANS) India's Ravi Kumar shot brilliantly throughout the men's 10m air rifle event but still missed out on a podium finish to eventually secure the fifth position at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) here on Friday. View More..

Two doctors sent to Rio face CBI probe

    Updated On : May 19,2017   7:04 pm
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started a probe against two doctors who were allegedly sent to Rio Olympics 2016 with the contingent of Indian athletes without having the requisite qualifications. View More..

Isinbayeva may retain place at Russia's anti-doping body's board

    Updated On : May 19,2017   7:00 pm
Moscow, May 19 (IANS) Pole vault icon Yelena Isinbayeva may remain a member of the supervisory board of Russias anti-doping agency Rusada when she steps down as its chair, a senior Russian sports official has said. View More..

Defending champions Atletico Nacional out of Copa Libertadores

    Updated On : May 19,2017   1:54 pm
Rio de Janeiro, May 19 (IANS) Defending champions Atletico Nacional of Colombia were eliminated from the Copa Libertadores after a 1-0 defeat to Brazil's Botafogo at Rio's Olympic stadium here. View More..

Shooters aim high ahead of Munich World Cup

    Updated On : May 18,2017   7:52 pm
Munich, May 18 (IANS) Indian hopes will rest on Deepak Kumar, Ravi Kumar and Satyendra Singh when the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) stage four gets underway here on Friday. View More..

Abbas, 13, set to showcase equestrian skills in Europe

    Updated On : May 18,2017   12:02 pm
Hyderabad, May 18 (IANS) He is just 13, but his professional skills and the way he controls his horse as it leaps over obstacles has caught the attention of many in the equestrian world -- both at the national and international levels. View More..

Macron unveils gender-balanced cabinet

    Updated On : May 17,2017   8:24 pm
Paris, May 17 (IANS) French President Macron on Wednesday unveiled a gender-balanced cabinet in accordance with an earlier pledge, with 11 of 22 new ministerial posts taken by women. View More..

Kenya's Makau hopes to recapture world marathon record

    Updated On : May 17,2017   2:02 pm
Nairobi, May 17 (IANS) Fukuoka marathon silver medallist Patrick Makau of Kenya is hopeful his early return to fitness will push him forward to stage a fast race at the Berlin Marathon in September. View More..