BY LETICIA DOS SANTOS
This year Brazil will be hosting the two biggest sporting events of the world.
Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games on Aug. 5 – 21, and paralympic games on Sept. 7 – 18.
The famous Brazilian city applied to host the games in 1936, 2004, and 2012, but it failed because of missing attempts. In Oct. 2, 2009, the International Olympic Committee chose Rio to host the 2016 games beating out Madrid, Tokyo, and Chicago.
This is the first year South America will host the summer olympics. Until today, 27 editions of summer olympics have been held in the world. The games were host by Europe 16 times, North America six times, Asia three times, and Oceania two times.
Starting from August 2014, 39 test events have been realized across 32 venues in four regions of the Rio de Janeiro city. The four regions where the games will happen are Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro, and Maracanã.
The games will be played over in 17 days and will have 306 games with medals. The summer olympics will yield 136 medals for women, 161 for men and nine mixed medals. Athletes from all over the world are getting ready for this event because they will represent their country. The event will have ten thousand five hundred athletes from 206 countries.
Athletes will compete in 42 different sports including golf, which was not included in the olympics for the past 112 years, and rugby, which was not include for the past 92 years.
Rio 2016 Olympics sports list:
Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Canoeing (slalom competition), Canoeing (sprints competition), Cycling (BMX), Cycling (Mountain Biking), Cycling (Track), Cycling (Road), Diving, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Judo, Marathon, Modern pentathlon, Race Walking, Rowing, Rugby Sevens, Sailing, Shooting, Soccer, Swimming (pool events), Swimming (open water events), Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Track and Field, Triathlon, Volleyball (beach), Volleyball (indoor), Water Polo, Weightlifing, and Wrestling.