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

Sushil wins gold as Indians dominate Commonwealth wrestling (Third Lead)

    Updated On : Dec 17,2017   10:36 pm
Johannesburg, Dec 17 (IANS) Indian star Sushil Kumar made his return to international wrestling a memorable one, outclassing Akash Khullar of New Zealand in the final of the men's 74 kilogram freestyle category to clinch gold at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship here on Sunday. View More..

Sushil wins gold as Indians dominate Commonwealth wrestling

    Updated On : Dec 17,2017   10:08 pm
Johannesburg, Dec 17 (IANS) Indian star Sushil Kumar made his return to international wrestling a memorable one, outclassing Akash Khullar of New Zealand in the final of the men's 74 kilogram freestyle category to clinch gold at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship here on Sunday. View More..

Superseries Finals: Sindhu loses to Yamaguchi in final

    Updated On : Dec 17,2017   9:42 pm
Dubai, Dec 17 (IANS) Indian star shuttler P.V. Sindhu lost to Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the women's singles final of the season-ending BWF World Superseries Finals here on Sunday. View More..

Modern multi-purpose indoor stadium, Olympic Bhavan in Itanagar: Khandu

    Updated On : Dec 17,2017   8:56 pm
Itanagar, Dec 17 (IANS) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Sunday announced setting up of a modern multi-purpose indoor stadium, besides constructing an Olympic Bhavan here. View More..

Sushil wins gold at Commonwealth wrestling (Lead, Correcting name)

    Updated On : Dec 17,2017   8:20 pm
Johannesburg, Dec 17 (IANS) Indian star Sushil Kumar made his return to international wrestling a memorable one, outclassing Akash Khullar of New Zealand in the final of the men's 74 kilogram freestyle category to clinch gold at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship here on Sunday. View More..

Sushil wins gold at Commonwealth wrestling

    Updated On : Dec 17,2017   6:28 pm
Johannesburg, Dec 17 (IANS) Indian star Sushil Kumar made his return to competitive wrestling a memorable one, outclassing local favourite Johannes Petrus in the final of the men's 74 kilogram freestyle category to clinch gold at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship here on Sunday. View More..

Superseries Finals: Sindhu loses to Yamaguchi in final

    Updated On : Dec 17,2017   6:26 pm
Dubai, Dec 17 (IANS) Indian star shuttler P.V. Sindhu lost to Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the women's singles final of the season-ending BWF World Superseries Finals here on Sunday. View More..

Superseries Finals: Sindhu loses to Yamaguchi in final

    Updated On : Dec 17,2017   5:26 pm
Dubai, Dec 17 (IANS) Indian star shuttler P.V. Sindhu lost to Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the women's singles final of the BWF World Superseries Finals here on Sunday. View More..

Bekele, Degitu victorious in Kolkata 25K marathon

    Updated On : Dec 17,2017   1:18 pm
Kolkata, Dec 17 (IANS) Ethiopian long-distance runner and current world record and Olympic record holder Kenenisa Bekele strolled past the finish line in his maiden appearance at the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K marathon on Sunday. View More..

Superseries Finals: Shuttler Sindhu storms into final

    Updated On : Dec 16,2017   10:18 pm
Dubai, Dec 16 (IANS) Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu on Saturday stormed View More..

Japan-India Sports Exchange programme conducted

    Updated On : Dec 16,2017   5:22 pm
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore attended the Japan-India Sports Exchange event at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex here on Saturday, with promotion of judo in India being a key feature. View More..

Olympic gold medallist Weverton joins Palmeiras

    Updated On : Dec 16,2017   12:30 pm
Sao Paulo (Brazil), Dec 16 (IANS) Olympic gold medal-winning goalkeeper Weverton has joined nine-time Brazilian Serie A champions Palmeiras, the club has announced. View More..

Superseries Finals: Sindhu tops Group A

    Updated On : Dec 15,2017   10:20 pm
Dubai, Dec 15 (IANS) Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu registered the third consecutive win to top the women's singles of Group A in the World Superseries Finals at the Hamadan Sports Complex here on Friday. View More..

Official emblems for Beijing 2022 Winter Games unveiled

    Updated On : Dec 15,2017   8:14 pm
Beijing, Dec 15 (IANS) The emblems of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, respectively named "Winter Dream" and "Flight," were unveiled here on Friday. View More..

I want to break marathon record before retiring: Bekele

    Updated On : Dec 15,2017   7:20 pm
Kolkata, Dec 15 (IANS) Ethiopian long-distance runner Kenenisa Bekele, who holds the world and Olympic records for both the 5,000 and 10,000 metre events, on Friday said he aims to be the best in marathon before he calls it a day. View More..

India's 'Newton' out of Oscar race, team still proud

    Updated On : Dec 15,2017   6:30 pm
Los Angeles/Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars 2018, "Newton", is out of the race for the honour. But the movie's team is feeling far from defeated. View More..

Olympic champ Jebet to battle Aprot in Spain cross country

    Updated On : Dec 15,2017   5:08 pm
Nairobi, Dec 15 (IANS) Revenge will be in the air when Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet of Bahrain meets Kenya's Alice Aprot during the international cross country meet in Marca, Spain on Sunday. View More..

Still proud of 'Newton', says team after Oscar miss

    Updated On : Dec 15,2017   2:36 pm
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Hindi film "Newton" has missed the bus for the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards. But its team is feeling far from defeated. View More..

Gabriel Barbosa eyes return to Brazilian football

    Updated On : Dec 15,2017   12:42 pm
Rio de Janeiro, Dec 15 (IANS) Out of sorts Benfica striker Gabriel Barbosa could return to Brazil in January in a bid to revive his stalled football career, according to the 21-year-old's agent. View More..

Batra elected IOA chief

    Updated On : Dec 14,2017   10:22 pm
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Narinder Batra defeated his rival Anil Khanna by an overwhelming majority to be elected the president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) here on Thursday. View More..