What You Need to Know About Summer Olympic Games


Rio de Janeiro is making history now and with all eyes watching it, the next two weeks will be the most hectic. Rio de Janeiro is hosting the Summer Olympic Games 2016. Many controversies led to the phenomenal opening on August , 2016. The Summer Olympic Games started on August 5 at Maracana Stadium  and will end on August 21. This Summer Olympic Games slogan is “Viva sua paixao” or “Live your passion”.


Since its establishment, there had 27 Summer Olympics (6 times held in North America, 16 in Europe, 3 in Asia and 2 in Oceania). What makes this edition so special? You have to know that this is the first Olympic Games ever held in South America. Rio de Janeiro is a city in Brazil and it is the second most populous city next to Sao Paulo. It is home to 6.5 million people and it is nestled on the Southeast cost of the Atlantic Ocean. In 1565, Portuguese founded the city.


Rio is known for its pristine beaches. This is the reason why it is the tourism capital of the country. Tourists increased after the 2014 FIFA World Cup and this year, the Summer Olympics. The most iconic image in Rio is the Christ the Redeemer statue in Tujuca Forest National Park. For the security of the people, tourists and athletes, the government placed an estimated 80,000 security people and another 30,000 army reserves.


Brazilian’s way of life is soccer. In fact, the country has the most World Cup wins. The country will now prove if they can get the most medals for the Summer Olympics. There are 10,500 participating athletes from two hundred countries around the world like Singapore. There are three hundred six competitions in forty two diverse sports. All will be played for seventeen days.


You should know that golf will be a part returning after 112 years. There is also rugby returning after 92 years. This is another history. Most of the games will be held in four districts of Rio de Janeiro from Copacabana to Deodoro, Barra de Tijuca and Maracana. In total, there will be thirty three venues. For football competitions, there will be some which will be held in Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Salvador.

The total cost of the Summer Olympic Games is set to thirty seven billion Brazilian real. Tickets are also given. It ranges from forty to four thousand Brazilian real. To facilitate the games, the committee hired about eight thousand employees not including eighty five thousand third party employees.


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