The Olympic Games that feature summer and winter sports in which thousand of athletes from across the world participate in a variety of games, are the leading international sporting event. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the governing body that maintains the structure and authority of the Olympics.

The Modern Olympics have made adjustments in the 20th and 21st century that has led to the formation of Winter Olympic Games for ice and winter sports, Paralympic Games for athletes with a disability and Youth Olympic Games for teenage adults.


The 2016 Summer Olympics, more commonly referred to as Rio 2016, is an international multi sport event that’s going to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 5th to 21st August, 2016. There are more than 10,500 athletes who are scheduled to take part from 206 National Olympic Committees. The total number of medals that would be given out is 306 for 28 different Olympic sports. These games will take place at 33 venues in Rio de Janeiro and at 5 venues in the cities of São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília and Manaus. Rio is going to be the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics.

The Barra Olympic Park that conists of nine sport venues in Barra da Tijuca, will be used for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The nine sport venues are: Carioca Arena 1 (Basketball), Carioca Arena 2 (Wrestling, Judo), Carioca Arena 3 (Fencing, Taekwondo), Future Arena (Handball), Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre (Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo), Olympic Aquatics Stadium (Swimming, Water Polo Play-offs), Olympic Tennis Centre (Tennis), Rio Olympic Arena (Gymnastics), and Rio Olympic Velodrome (Track Cycling).

The opening ceremony will take place on August 5th 2016 at the Maracana Stadium.