List Of Olympic Games: Rio Olympics 2016

By RimTim Staff Writer
July 24, 2016
Olympic sports

Sports and physical activities have long been part of human society. A hunter by nature, man has always been predisposed towards all kinds of sporting activities. Several evidences have been found throughout the world that indicate the existence of public sport events in ancient civilizations.

The Olympic games are one of the oldest documented communal sports conventions in the world. It was first held in Greece in 776 BC. According to mythology, the games were started as part of a religious ritual by Heracles in the honor of the Greek god Zeus in the city of Olympia. All provinces of Greece participated in this event which was held every four years. This was also seen as a means of establishing peace around the country as all wars were suspended for the duration of the program. The games in Greece continued up to 426 AD when the Roman Empire took over the country.

Olympic games contemporary

The Modern Olympic Games were started by the International Olympic Committee in 1896. Today it hosts competitions in more than 300 disciplines. It started out initially with the summer games, or what is now known as Summer Olympics. Later on the Winter Olympics was also introduced.

Presently we also have the Paralympics for the physically handicapped athletes. The Youth Olympics are organized for sports persons aged 14-18 years. The Winter and Summer Olympics both follow the four-years gap period. But they are held at a two-year interval of each other. So we get to enjoy an Olympic event every two years. The Paralympics games are held in the same year as the Summer Olympics.

Hosting and tickets of Olympic games

The bidding process for hosting the Olympic Games starts a long time before the scheduled year. Even though the cost of construction and development is high, the money is recuperated in the form of tickets and sponsorship. Also the foreign trade alliances of the hosting country rise to a hundredth fold, thus leading to immense future profits. The Olympics 2016 is expected to bring in more trade benefits than ever before.

As per a research report funded by the National Chengchi University, Taiwan, the annual growth of GDP of Japan rose from 10.1% to 26.1% after holding the Olympic Games. This is exactly what led to the economy boom of Tokyo at the 1964 Olympics.

Sporting vigor among athletes

Athletes work diligently to be selected to compete in the prestigious event. They train from a very early age and participate at different platforms before entering the Olympics. By the time they reach the apt age for competing, these athletes become no less than masters of the sport. Their intense drudgery and hope is rewarded on receiving the most coveted Olympic gold medal.

The Olympics are an arena for the finest competitors from all over the world. Their indomitable will is an inspiration for all who wish to achieve greatness in life. Several world records are broken and made at each game.

The fandom of Olympic games

Fandom of Olympic games

Tickets are available from more than a year prior to the scheduled date. For sports partisans, the high cost barely matters.
But for those who cannot travel to the destination, the mass media does a god job of broadcasting all events and news mere seconds after announcement. Ergo you can still enjoy the games even if you cannot be at the stadium.

The most popular sport for Rio 2016 as voted by the public is gymnastics followed by track and swimming. The enthusiasm of the crowd for the upcoming event could be perceived from the numerous Olympic related trends on social media and elsewhere.

The television and the internet are the prime novices in the transmission sphere, mostly due to the speed of reaching viewers. According to a report by the International Olympic Committee, the London Olympics 2012 was the most watched event on television ever, with more than 219 million viewers in the US alone. Also, more than 172 National Olympic Committees had their own media covers present at the event, thus making it widely aired.

Rio Olympics 2016

The upcoming Rio Olympics 2016 is presently the primal topic of discussion all over the world. With preparations going on for quite some time, the event is anticipated to be a big success. Around 10,500 participants from 206 countries are tallied to participate in the games. The official mascot is Vinicius, resembling the wildlife of Brazil.

Rio Olympics 2016

The living and transport arrangements for the athletes and accompanying officials have been made. The construction of an Olympic village has been done for the accommodation of the participants. These apartment villages are self sufficient and equipped with health facilities, eateries, transport vehicles etc. Strict security measures have been taken to ensure that the event goes peacefully and according to plan.

Disciplines and competition

The Summer Olympics 2016 will be featuring 28 sports. There will be 41 disciplines and 306 events.

Below is the list of Olympic Games for Rio:

  • Aquatics
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing
  • Slalom
  • Sprint
  • Cycling
  • BMX
  • Mountain biking
  • Road
  • Track
  • Equestrian
  • Dressage
  • Eventing
  • Jumping
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Artistic
  • Rhythmic
  • Trampoline
  • Handball
  • Judo
  • Modern pentathlon
  • Rowing
  • Rugby sevens
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Beach volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling
  • Freestyle
  • Greco-Roman

For the first time in history, a Refugee Olympic team will be introduced in the 2016 Olympics. These are the athletes who do not belong to any country. They will be competing in various events. This is an extremely well thought-out steptaken in favor of world peace and acceptance.

Champion legacies

With reference to past records, manyparticipating countries are known for their strength in some sport. The number of gold medals won at a particular game is a measure of their skill. Countries with larger population naturally have more number of athletes to select from. Thus the number of participants also increases leading to a higher number of medals won. In order to ensure a fair performance ranking, the ratio of medals won to the number of participants in the event is considered for each country.

On the basis of number of medals won, countries such as United States, Germany and Russia are usually at the top of the list. The USA is the all time Summer Olympics highest medal winner with 2684 medals since 1896.

There is always an anticipation of good performance based on previous skill display

  • Wrestling: Russia is expected to bring the best contenders in Wrestling. With more than 21 Gold medals as of yet, the Russian wrestlers are expected to break a lot of previous records this time.Abdulrashid Sadulaev, a 20 year old wrestler currently at world rank 1 is going to be competing in the Rio Olympics
  • Tennis: The United States has been the Olympic Tennis champions from some time now and the same is predicted for this year as well, both in the women’s and men’s categories
  • Track: The Jamaican runner Usain Bolt is yet again expected to bring glory to his nation by living up to his name “the fastest man on earth”
  • Swimming: For swimming, the nation to look out for is the United States with star swimmer Michael Phelps being the most decorated athlete in the London 2012 Olympics
  • Judo: Japan is foreseen to perform inordinately at Judo

Playing for peace

The Olympic Games are a symbol of excellence and solidarity. They accomplish an extremely commendable task of showcasing talents from all over the world which would otherwise go unnoticed. The games signify the strength of the human will and effort and the Olympic motto- “Faster Higher Stronger” is in perfect resemblance to the spirit of the institution. It is also a symbol of world peace and harmony as hundreds of nations come together for the noble cause of sports.

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