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The spectacular Summer Olympics 2016 taking place in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro is the latest trending topic across the world. Exemplary performances by world-class athletes in swimming, gymnastics, ball sports, wrestling, martial arts and weightlifting are a treat to watch. With the motto “Live your passion”, the Rio 2016 is outshining as a mega sporting event with each passing day.
From a grand opening to peak performances and unmatched facilities, there is so much to look forward to this year’s historic event. Here are listed some fun facts about the Rio 2016 Olympic games.
- Rio de Janeiro, South America’s third largest metropolis, won the bidding held in 2009 to host the current 31st Olympiad.
- The 17-days long event features 306 events with 10,500 athletes from 206 countries.
- Vinicius is the mascot for Rio Olympics 2016. It is an adorable and goofy yellow-blue creature from the Brazilian wildlife. This super-communicative animal is named after the poet Vinicius de Moraes.
- Vinicius merchandising is expected to raise around $398 million.
- Rio’s Maracanã Stadium is the venue for opening and closing ceremonies. It can accommodate 78,000 spectators and owns a world record for hosting a soccer game with the highest number of fans ever.
- Rio Olympics 2016 will witness the reinstating of golf after a long break of 112 years. 1900 and 1904 Olympics were the last to include the sport.
- This year, for the first time, athletes who were born in 2000, can participate in the games. Such young competitors are mostly for gymnastics and diving.
- As many as 2,488 medals will be awarded this year:812 gold, 812 silver and 864 bronze.
- The total number of tickets available is 7.5 million, with prices ranging from $40 to $3,000.
- 60,000 meals are prepared for athletes each day.
- Rio 2016 has around 70,000 volunteers for assistance.
- A whopping security force consisting of 85,000 policemen and soldiers is deployed in the Rio 2016.
Demonstrating greatest athletes competing for national glory, Olympics continue to be the world’s preeminent sport competitions which are followed by millions all over the world.
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