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Participants in Olympics




The 2016 Rio Olympics will see a record number of countries participating in this sporting event. More than 11,000 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) will compete across 28 Olympic sports from August 5-21, 2016. Kosovo and South Sudan will be participating for the first time.

Team of Refugee Olympic Athletes

For the first time in the history of Summer Olympics, a team of Refugee Olympic Athletes has been created to accommodate highly talented athletes who don't belong to any country. A team of up to 10 refugees would be seen competing with their rivals to get maximum medals in the Rio Olympics. The team will be formed by selecting from 43 high-performance athletes.

Olympics Trivia

  • The Vatican City is a sovereign state that has never competed in the Olympics.
  • Macau cannot compete at the Olympics as it is not a member of the International Olympic Committee.
  • The first Modern Olympics, which was held in Athens in 1896, witnessed a participation of 241 athletes from 14 countries.
  • Czechoslovakia (1920-1992), East Germany (1968-1988), and Republic of China (1924-1948) were some of the countries that no longer compete in Olympics under that name.
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List of Countries Participating in Rio Olympics 2016
An estimated 11,000 athletes from 206 countries will compete in Rio Summer Olympics 2016. South Sudan and Kosovo would be participating in the event for the first time. During the 17 days of the event, there will be 306 medal events.

Last updated on : May 24, 2016


Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.

 

Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.


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