The four-year wait comes to an end as Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro hosts the Summer Olympics 2016. The biggest and oldest sports event to take place, this year’s Olympics will have 33 venues to hold 28 different sports which offer 306 medals to be won. This year, the number of participants exceeds 11,000 and they represent 206 different nations in total.
Brazil’s Acting President Michel Temer officially announced the start of the tournament on August 5 with a glamorous event taking place in Maracanã Stadium. The venues include 18 existing ones, nine new ones specially built for this event and seven temporary ones to be taken down once Rio 2016 gets over. The Barra Olympic Park will also be used for the Paralympic games. Apart from these, there will be five venues to host the football matches of the tournament.
After action packed 16 days, the gala event will see the closing ceremony on August 21, 2016.