Introduction to the Summer Olympics 2016-Rio de Janeiro


What are Rio 2016 Olympics?

The Summer Olympics of 2016 will be officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and it will be held at Brazil’s city of Rio de Janeiro The motto or the catch line of this Olympics is ‘Live your passion’ which probably showcases the way Brazilians live their lives. There will be 306 events in total spread around 28 sporting categories which are to be hosted by 35 different competition venues. The Opening ceremony will be held at the Maracana Stadium of Rio de Janeiro on 5th of August 2016 and the Closing ceremony will be held at the same venue on the 21st August, 2016. The announcement of the Rio 2016 games was done at the 121st Session of the IOC (International Olympic Committee) in Copenhagen, Denmark on 2nd of October 2009. This will be the first time that a South American (or a Latin American) city is hosting an Olympiad.

The 2016 Rio Olympics Events Venues

  • Barra da Tijuca
  • Copacabana
  • Deodoro
  • Maracana

How Rio de Janeiro Won the Bidding of 2016 Olympics

The bidding process for the 2016 Olympics was officially initiated on the 16th May 2007 after the first round of bidding which contained 25 questions asked by the IOC four cities were shortlisted n the 4th June 2008, they were Madrid, Tokyo (1964 Olympics hosts), Rio de Janeiro and Chicago. Doha was also a contender but it was marked out because they were willing to host the Olympics in the month of October, which is outside of the IOC’s calendar.

Nawal El Moutawakel of Morocco was the head of the 10 members IOC Evaluation Commission which visited all four shortlisted cities for on sight evaluations. After their evaluation report, which was submitted just two months before the voting, the final voting was taken place on the 2nd of October 2009 at Copenhagen. At the start of the voting, Chicago looked to be the main hurdle in Rio’s chances, but what happened was exactly the opposite. Chicago and Tokyo were voted out in the first round itself and Madrid gave a strong fight to Rio but then Rio too kept on increasing its lead after every round and after three rounds of voting, they were given the rights to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.