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Fun facts about the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Last updated on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Written by Dinah Makani

It’s fair to say that following the successes of the London 2012 Olympics, we’re all looking forward to supporting team GB again this year at the Olympics in Rio. To celebrate the start of one of our favourite sporting events, we have put together a blog about some Olympic fun facts.


Fun fact number one:

Rio will be the first South American city to host the Games. Rio won the bid in 2009, beating Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo to secure its place as the 2016 host.

Fun fact number two:

Approximately 10,500 athletes from 206 countries will take part in the 17 days of games. They will compete in over 306 events.

Fun fact number three:

The world famous beach of Copacabana will set the scene for volleyball.

Fun fact number four:

For rugby fans, the Rugby Sevens will make its debut at Rio 2016. The last time this seven a side, fifteen-minute game was at the Olympics was in 1924 when it was played in Paris, France.

Fun fact number five:

The mascot for Rio 2016 will be a yellow and blue creature, designed to represent Brazilian wildlife. The creature looks like a cat or monkey that can fly. The mascot is named after Bossa Nova musician Vinicius de Moraes, one of the writers of “The Girl From Ipanema”. The sale of merchandise is hoped to raise 1 billion reais, equivalent to US$398 million. 

Fun fact number six:

Around 60,000 meals will be served to the athletes per day. The food is likely to include Brazilian staples such as rice, black beans and barbecued meats along with tapioca, a traditional cheese bread and Amazonian super food acai.

Fun fact number seven:

Brazil is the only Portuguese-speaking country in South America. All the other countries speak Spanish as their first language. Many taxi drivers are learning English in a bid to welcome all visitors to their city for the Olympics.

The Olympics start on Friday 5th August and end on Sunday 21st August 2016, followed by the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games from 7th – 18th September 2016. You’ll be able to catch much of the action on the TV for your favourite Olympic sports.

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