RIO OLYMPICS GAMES 2016 : A Complete Review
Finally 31st Summer Olympics, hosted by Brazilian City, Rio de Janeiro ended after 16 days of sporting spectacle. The games had nearly 11,000 participants from 205 countries, including a first-ever refugee team, featuring in 306 events of 42 sporting disciplines. In all 65 Olympic and 19 World Records were broken during the course of games.
- Opening Ceremony: 5th August, 2016
- Closing Ceremony: 22nd August, 2016
- Theme: World Peace and Environment
- Motto: A New World
- Mascot: Vinicius
- 1st Time Participating Country: Kosovo, South Sudan
- New Sports Event: Golf, Rugby
- Headquarter of International Olympic Committee (IOC): Lausanne, Switzerland
- President of International Olympic Committee (IOC): Thomas Bach
- Largest Olympic Team of 2016 Rio Olympics: USA (554 athletes)
- Smallest Olympic Team of 2016 Rio Olympics: South Pacific Nation of Tuvalu (1 athletes)
- 1st Gold Medal at Rio Olympic: Virginia Thrasher (Women’s 10 meter air rifle, USA)
- Opening Ceremony Indian Flag-Bearer – Abhinav Bindra
- Closing Ceremony Indian Flag-Bearer – Sakshi Malik
- 1st Indian Women Member: Nita Ambani
- Number of Indian Athletes: 117
- 1st Indian Medalist at Rio: Sakshi Malik (Bronze, 58 Kg Freestyle Wrestling)
- 2nd Indian Medalist at Rio: P. V. Sindhu (Silver, Women’s Single Badminton)
- Highest Individual Medal: Michael Phelps (6 Medals: Gold- 5, Silver-1, USA)
- Youngest Gold Medal: Ren Qian (15-Year Old, Women’s 10m Platform Diving Event)
- Youngest athlete of 2016 Rio Olympics: Meet Gaurika Singh (13-Year Old, Swimmer, Nepal)
- Headquarter of Indian Olympic Association (IOA): New Delhi
- President of Indian Olympic Association (IOA): Narayana Ramachandran
- General Secretary of Indian Olympic Association (IOA): Rajeev Mehta
The Indian government has decided to confer the country’s highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, to Olympic medalists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, along with shooter Jitu Rai and gymnast Dipa Karmakar. The awardees will be handed a medal, a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 7.5 lakh from the President on August 29.
United States ended the Games at the top of the medals tally. They finished with 46 Gold, 37 Silver and 38 Bronze. Great Britain finished on second spot with 27 Gold, 23 Silver and 17 bronze. China follows on third, with a tally of 26 Gold, 18 Silver and 26 Bronze. India finished at joint 67th position.
Medals achieved in Rio Olympic 2016
The International Olympic committee will stage the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeong chang, South Korea. And the next Summer Games are in Asia, too, as the Olympics will land in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, in 2020.