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Summer Olympics 2016 FAQs

2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held from 5 Aug to 21st Aug 2016 at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

The 2016 Summer Olympics are officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. The 2016 games are the 31st Summer Olympics Games and are commonly known as Rio 2016 as the games will be held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The world’s largest international multi-sport event is held every four years. In Rio 2016, 28 sports will be featured, which include rugby seven and golf as well.

Olympic Torch
The Olympic flame is a major symbol with great significance in the history of Olympic Games. The flame represents peace, unity and friendship. The Olympic torch carries the flame in a great relay along with the Olympic message. It is taken beyond the host city and end up with lightning of the cauldron at the Opening ceremony of the Games. In the Rio 2016, the Olympic Torch will reveal the elements of Brazilian flair - its diversity, energy, and exuberant nature. It will showcase ground, sea, sky, mountains, and sun that will be represented in the colors of Brazilian flag.

History of the Olympic torch relay
The flame was reintroduced in the 1928 Olympic Games held in Amsterdam, but the history of the Olympic torch relay dates back to 1936 and its introduction is attributed to the Nazi regime. It made its debut at the 1936 Summer Games, which were held in Berlin and were presided over by Adolf Hitler. The brainchild of Carl Diem, the torch was carried by shirtless Greek runner Konstantinos Kondylis.

Features of the Torch

The Sky
The Sun represents the highest part of the Olympic Torch, which like the Brazilians, shines and illuminates wherever it goes. Its golden color represents the achievements at the Games.

The Mountains
The natural beauty of Rio is expressed through the green curves of the hills and valleys in the torch.

The Sea
Represented in blue color, the organic and fluid ripples represent the sea present in Brail and Rio.

The Ground
The land is represented by the Copacabana promenade, which is the famous piece of ground in Rio.

The Torch relay will cross the entire Brazil.

How is the Olympic torch carried?
The torch is lighted at Olympia, Greece, the site of the ancient Olympics. This is done several months before the opening ceremony of the event. Then, via short relay, the torch travels around Greece, and then after a ceremony in Athens’ Panathinaiko Stadium, begins its transfer to the host city. After its departure from Olympia, the torch may take several routes such as plane, boat, horseback, space capsule, reindeer sleigh, canoe, bicycle, and the London Underground.

How many countries participate in Olympics?
205 countries participated in the Summer Olympics held in London in 2012.

Which games are played in Summer Olympics?
The following sports are played at Summer Olympics:

  • Aquatics, which includes swimming, synchronized swimming, diving, and water polo
  • Archery
  • Athletics (track and field)
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian sports
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football (soccer)
  • Gymnastics
  • Team handball
  • Judo
  • Modern pentathlon
  • Rowing
  • Sailing (formerly yachting)
  • Shooting
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tae kwon do
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

When and where were the first Olympic Games held?
The first Olympic Games were held in 1896 in Athens, Greece.

When will Olympics 2016 take place?
The Olympics will be held from 5-21 August 2016 with more than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participating in the same.

What is the Host city and country for 2016 Summer Olympics? Rio De Janeiro, Brazil will host the Summer Olympic Games in 2016. It is commonly known as Rio 2016 as the games will be held in Rio de Janeiro.

Where will be the venues for the Olympics games?
Most of the games will be played in venues at Barra da Tijuca. Rest of the venues will be located in different zones - Maracanã, Deodara, and Copacabana.

How can one buy the tickets for Olympics 2016?
On 16 September 2014, the ticket prices were announced, which will be available in Brazilian Reals (BRL). The price of the tickets ranges from 40 BRL to 4,600 BRL for the expensive seats during the opening ceremony. For more details about the ticket visit the following link:

When and where will the opening ceremony take place?
The opening ceremony will take place on August 5, 2016, at the Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro at 6.00 pm. Fernando Meirelles, Daniela Thomas, and Andrucha Waddington, the three renowned Brazilian film directors, will be the creative directors of the ceremony.

What are the opening ceremony protocols?
The Olympic Charter mentions some of the protocol that has to be followed during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. It also specifies the words used by the head of the state of the host country to open the Games. Some of the important protocols of the opening ceremony are as follows:
  • The entry of the host country head of state.
  • The national anthem of the host country.
  • The parade by the participants.
  • The symbolic release of doves.
  • The opening of the games is done by the head of state of the host country.
  • The Olympic anthem is played when the Olympic flag is brought into the stadium and hoisted.
  • The Olympic oath is taken by an athlete.
  • The Olympic oath is taken by an official.
  • The Olympic oath is taken a coach.
  • The final leg of the Olympic torch relay and the lighting of the cauldron are done.
  • The artistic program is showcased.

What are the closing ceremony protocols?
There are certain protocols that have to be followed for the closing ceremony of the Olympics. They are:
  • The closing ceremony must be organized on the last day of the Olympics Games.
  • The entry of the head of state of the host country is along with the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the President of the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG).
  • The national anthem of the host country is played.
  • The parade of the national flags of the participating countries takes place.
  • The parade of athletes takes place.
  • The medals ceremony is held.
  • The presentation of the athletes elected by theirs to the IOC Athletes’ Commission is done.
  • The Greek flag is raised to the left of the Olympic flag and the Greek national anthem is played.
  • The lowering of Olympic flag and flag handover ceremony is held.
  • The next host city artistic segment takes place.
  • The speech by the OCOG President and IOC President.
  • The Olympic flame is extinguished.

Last updated On : September 18, 2015