Rio 2016Olympic & Paralympic Games

About Rio 2016

About the Games

The XXXI Olympic Games are being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 5 August 2016 – 21 August 2016. The Paralympic Games follow on a couple of weeks later, from 7 September – 18 September.

More than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) will take part in the greatest sporting event on earth, with the Olympic Games featuring 28 sports. For the first time in Olympic history the Games will include golf and rugby sevens.

Another Olympic first is that because of the European migrant crisis, the IOC will allow refugee athletes to compete as independent Olympians under the Olympic flag. This is a positive step, as in the past refugees were ineligible to compete due to their inability to represent their home NOCs.

As for the Paralympics, this is the first time they will be held in South America, and they’ll also feature two new sports; canoeing and paratriathlon.

In total four regions of Rio (Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro & Maracana) and 33 different venues will play host to athletes during the Games.

Loughborough at the Olympics

Loughborough athletes enjoyed an outstanding Olympic & Paralympic Games four years ago in London, winning 13 medals across 5 sports.

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Pete Matthews
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Loughborough University