Games Overview

Rio de Janeiro will have the honour of being the first South American city to host an Olympic Games when Rio 2016 hits Brazil’s second largest city in August 2016.

Rio games overview - key facts

10,500 of the world’s best athletes will arrive in the marvellous city with Olympic glory on their minds. Many will be seeking to win one or more of the 306 medals on offer while others will be at least hoping they can leave Rio with a personal best performance. Four distinct venue clusters will host 42 disciplines across 28 sports, including the highly anticipated debut of the rugby sevens and golf competitions. Of the 306 events 161 are for men, 136 are for women and 9 are mixed.

The Copacabana and Maracanã regions have long been favourites for locals and visitors alike while Barra and Deodoro are sure to provide plenty of fond memories at Games time. With the football preliminaries starting two days before the Opening Ceremony and archery ranking on 5 August, there is actually 19 days of competition.

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The United States and China are expected to battle it out for top spot on the medal tally, while the locals will be cheering on their hometown heroes as they chase a top-10 finish. The Australian Team will be hoping the green and gold in the stands will spur them on as they push for a top-five finish.  

Large sections of the city have been transformed and rejuvenated for the Games. The Rio Organising Committee have been hard at work ensuring the event is on track to be one of the most memorable on record and provide a great legacy for the residents. There won’t be much time to spare but all venues, press centres, transport and hotels are progressing well. Most importantly the Athletes’ Village is ahead of schedule and waiting the superstars of world sport to arrive from every corner of the globe. 

It is anticipated that half a million tourists will come to Rio de Janeiro for the Games.  

The world got a taste for the passion and love of sport of the Brazilian people and their ability to stage a wonderful event when they hosted the 2014 Football World Cup. The local’s hospitality will be on show with 45,000 volunteers welcoming athletes and visitors to a city set to captivate both on and off the sporting fields.

The Paralympic Games will take place in Rio from 7-18 September 2016.

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Games Overview

Rio de Janeiro will have the honour of being the first South American city to host an Olympic Games when Rio 2016 hits Brazil’s second largest city in August 2016.


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Venue Maps

The Games of the XXXI Olympiad will feature over 10,500 athletes competing in 28 sports. The sheer magnitude of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games means multiple regions of Rio will play host to the 306 medal events. The Olympics will be spread across four distinct clusters – Barra, Deodoro, Maracanã and Copacabana.

The heart of the Rio Games will be Barra Olympic Park which features the largest concentration of venues, 15, as well as the athletes’ village, the international broadcast centre and the main press centre. Twenty-three kilometres inland lies Deodoro which is the next largest of the venue clusters, with a total of nine venues including the home of the highly anticipated swimming events. Head east towards Guanabara Bay and you will reach the Maracana region and its iconic football stadium that will host the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the football finals. Cruise back along the bay until you hit the beach where the picturesque Copacabana awaits. The cluster ensures Rio makes use of its most famous assets as the sun, sand and surf encapsulate the vibrancy of South America’s first Olympic City.

The four precincts will be joined by another four cities that will play host to much of the football competition. Having recently been home to the 2014 World Cup, refreshed stadiums in Brasilia, Salvador, Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte will all feature matches. While the finals will be held at the Maracana – the home of two World Cup finals.

Barra: Athletics – walking, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Cycling – road time trial, Cycling – track, Diving, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Judo, Synchronised Swimming, Taekwondo, Tennis, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Wrestling

Deodoro: Basketball, Canoe/Kayak – slalom, Cycling – BMX, Cycling – mountain bike, Equestrian, Hockey, Modern Pentathlon, Rugby Sevens, Shooting

Maracanã: Opening and Closing ceremonies, Archery, Athletics, Football, Volleyball

Copacabana: Beach Volleyball, Canoe/Kayak – sprint, Cycling –road, Marathon Swimming, Triathlon, Sailing