It is once again time for the Summer Olympics. This major international multi-sport event will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5th to 21st of August 2016. Rio is the first South American country to host the Summer Olympics. A record number of teams are participating in a record number of sports in this year’s Summer Olympics. More than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees will compete for 306 sets of medals. Teams from Kosovo and South Sudan will compete in the Olympics for the first time. The events will take place at 33 venues in the cities of São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília and Manaus. The Olympic Village will be located in Barra da Tijuca.
The Olympic Flame
The Olympic flame was handed over to the Brazilian organizers on the 27th of April 2016 at a ceremony at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. The torch relay began its Brazilian journey on 3 May at the capital Brasília and will visit more than 300 Brazilian cities, with the last part to be held in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
For the first time in the history of the Summer Olympics, the main cauldron will not be permanently located at the Games’ main stadiums. Similarly to the 2010 Winter Olympics, where the cauldron was located outside the Vancouver Convention Centre, the official cauldron will be located on the Port of Rio de Janeiro.
Sports Events at 2016 Summer Olympics
The 2016 Summer Olympic program features 28 sports and a total of 41 disciplines and 306 events. There were two open spots for sports in the 2016 program which was filled by rugby sevens and golf.
Rio Olympics Logo
The official logo for the 2016 Summer Olympics was designed by the Brazilian agency Tatíl Design and unveiled on 31 December 2010. The logo represents three figures, in the yellow, green, and blue of the Brazilian flag, joined at the arms and in a triple embrace, with the overall shape reflecting that of Sugarloaf Mountain. The logo was based on four concepts: contagious energy, harmonious diversity, exuberant nature, and Olympic spirit.
2016 Summer Olympics Mascots
The official mascots of the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics were unveiled on 24 November 2014. Named after musician Vinicius de Moraes and representing Brazilian wildlife, the Olympic mascot Vinicius carries design traits of mammals. The mascots’ fictional backstories state that they were both born from the joy of Brazilians after it was announced that Rio would host the Games. Brand director Beth Lula stated that the mascots are intended to reflect the diversity of Brazil’s culture and people. The names of the mascots were determined by a public vote won over two other sets of names, tallying 44 percent of 323,327 votes, whose results were announced on 14 December 2014.