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

Javelin world champ Yego to compete in Finland

    Updated On : Mar 30,2017   10:10 pm
Nairobi, March 30 (IANS) Olympic javelin silver medallist Julius Yego of Kenya has confirmed he will compete at the Paavo Nurmi Games, which are part of the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Turku, Finland on June 13. View More..

Russian PM Medvedev signs anti-doping order

    Updated On : Mar 30,2017   10:08 pm
Moscow, March 30 (IANS) The Russian government published an anti-doping order signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday, listing methods and substances banned in sports. View More..

Shuttlers Saina, Sindhu march into Indian Open quarters

    Updated On : Mar 30,2017   10:06 pm
New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu sailed into the quarter-finals of the India Open World Superseries badminton championships, while men's singles shuttler Sameer Verma continued his rise even as Kidambi Srikanth exited the competition here on Thursday. View More..

Forward Sunil named Asian Hockey Player of Year

    Updated On : Mar 30,2017   9:24 pm
Muscat, March 30 (IANS) Indian forward S.V Sunil and drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh were named as the Asian Player of the Year 2016 and Asian Promising Player of the Year respectively by the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) here on Thursday. View More..

Virat Kohli, Deepa Malik, Sreejesh receive Padma Shri

    Updated On : Mar 30,2017   8:34 pm
New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli, Paralympian Deepa Malik and hockey captain P.R. Sreejesh were honoured with the Padma Shri by President Pranab Mukherjee at a civil investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Thursday. View More..

Komon, Jepchirchir lead Kenya charge at Prague Half Marathon

    Updated On : Mar 30,2017   8:28 pm
Nairobi, March 30 (IANS) As she seeks to conquer the Prague Half Marathon course on Saturday in the Czech Republic, World half marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir has warned her rivals that she is in top form. View More..

Athletics legend Tergat to vie for post of Kenya's Olympic chief

    Updated On : Mar 30,2017   8:24 pm
Nairobi, March 30 (IANS) Athletics legend Paul Tergat has thrown his hat into the ring and will be vying to lead Kenya's Olympic committee in the national election scheduled for May 5. View More..

ICC to bid for cricket in 2024 Olympics

    Updated On : Mar 30,2017   7:56 pm
London, March 30 (IANS) International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Officer Dave Richardson on Thursday confirmed that he and the majority of ICC members want the sport to be included in the 2024 Olympic Games. View More..

Indian shuttlers shine at India Open

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   9:36 pm
New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) Indian shuttlers enjoyed a successful outing at the India Open 2017 badminton tournament here on Wednesday with most of them sailing through to the second round. View More..

Wushu tourney to start in Delhi from Thursday

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   6:18 pm
New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) More than 700 players will take part in the 15th Delhi State Wushu Championships, starting on Thursday at the Thayagraj sports complex here. View More..

Kenya's Olympic body to hold election in May, avert IOC ban

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   4:48 pm
Nairobi, March 29 (IANS) Kenya's Olympic body will go to the polls on May 5 to elect its new executive officials, having agreed to adopt a new constitution. View More..

Cross-country champ Cheptai eyes 10,000m gold at London Worlds

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   1:06 pm
Nairobi, March 29 (IANS) World cross country champion Irene Cheptai of Kenya has thrown down the gauntlet and warned her teammates she is ready to step up and conquer the 10,000m race at the London World Championships in August. View More..

Back in national hockey camp, defender Rohidas looking to make the cut

    Updated On : Mar 28,2017   5:52 pm
Bengaluru, March 28 (IANS) Defender Amit Rohidas is on a comeback trail after a formidable performance for 2017 Coal India Hockey India League (HIL) champions Kalinga Lancers. His performance under crunch situations for the Bhubaneswar-based outfit pulled him back in to the contention of the national team after a gap of more than two years. View More..

FC Barcelona's Neymar says no to Manchester United move

    Updated On : Mar 28,2017   4:52 pm
Sao Paulo, March 28 (IANS) Brazilian football ace Neymar has put to rest all speculation about his move to Manchester United saying he would stay at FC Barcelona amid rumours in Spain that the mercurial forward might move to England. View More..

Goel felicitates Indian contingent of special athletes

    Updated On : Mar 27,2017   6:52 pm
New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Monday felicitated special athletes, coaches and officials, who returned to the country after successful participation in the World Winter Games in Austria from March 14. View More..

The China Wall is already broken, says shuttler Sindhu

    Updated On : Mar 27,2017   6:48 pm
Gurugram, March 27 (IANS) The failure of Chinese players in the Rio Olympics has changed the dynamics in women's badminton and Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu on Monday said it is not only the Indians but also the Spanish, Korean and Malaysian players who have now started dictating terms with their performances. View More..

Kenyan team off to Kampala for Sunday's Cross Country Worlds

    Updated On : Mar 25,2017   1:06 pm
Nairobi, March 25 (IANS) Aiming to sweep the medals, the Kenyan athletics team has left for Sunday's World Cross Country Championships in Kampala. View More..

Halappa reckons scientific approach in hockey training helping teams

    Updated On : Mar 24,2017   7:22 pm
Bengaluru, March 24 (IANS) The Indian hockey teams, both senior and junior, have made rapid progress in the past two years and much of this success needs to be attributed to the new approach adopted in terms of modernised and scientific training, feels men's team assistant coach Arjun Halappa. View More..

Face recognition robots already making our lives a misery (The Funny Side)

    Updated On : Mar 24,2017   10:48 am
I ran at Olympic speed for a bus but missed it, so I had to pretend that I always go jogging in a business suit and I ended up a sweaty mess a kilometre from the transport hub. View More..

Meghalaya to host National Games 2022

    Updated On : Mar 23,2017   8:06 pm
Shillong, March 23 (IANS) Meghalaya will be hosting the National Games 2022 coinciding with the 50th year of the creation of the state, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Zenith M. Sangma informed the assembly on Thursday. View More..