Rio Olympics had a radiant carnival-inspired closure ceremony where the Olympic flag was officially handed-over to the 2020 hosts- Tokyo.
Rio Olympics concluded with style as well-known names like One Direction, George Michael, Annie Lennox, the Spice Girls, Take That, and The Who were seen adding glitters to the closing ceremony in addition to the EDM DJ from Norway- Kygo.
Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps, who are being referred to as Twin Titans, have retired after earning a trove of Olympic gold in their respective golden careers.
Argentina won gold in Olympic men’s hockey for the very first time with a 4-2 victory against Belgium; as per the Olympic statistics, Rio Games were the first time ever when Argentina was able to reach the semi-finals of the Olympic tournament.
Ryan Crouser created history when his fifth attempt in the men’s shot put final voyaged a distance of 22.52 meters, handing the 23-year-old an Olympic record as well as the coveted gold medal.
Officially known as Games of XXXI Olympiad, 2016 Summer Olympics, this time, is scheduled to take place in Brazil where all the member nations of International Olympic Committee (IOC) are expected to compete; and since the host city is Rio de Janeiro, they are also being addressed as Rio games.
The games are scheduled to open on 5th August where for 306 sets of medals, about 10, 500 athletes from about 206 nations of IOC including the new additions- Kosovo and South Sudan- will take part in 42 Olympic sports. The games will continue till 21st August and the sports will also include rugby sevens and golf which were added by IOC in 2009. As per the schedule, the Sports events will take place at five locations in the host city, namely Sao Paulo, Salvador, Brasilia, Manaus and Belo Horizonte.
Wrestling which became the part of Olympic Games in Athens 1896, involves two disciplines: freestyle and Greco-Roman; out of these two Greco-Roman is men-only, whereas freestyle involves both men and women.
Weightlifting was quite popular among ancient Egyptians and Greeks as a means to measure strength, however, it emerged as an international sport in the 19th century and no wonder was part of the 1896 Athens Games.
Interestingly, Volleyball was invented as a less strenuous alternative to sports like basketball in 1895; it became very popular in a short period of time and was seen as an Olympic sport in 1964.
Triathlon was invented as an alternative workout to track training in the 1970s; it made its Olympic debut in 2000 Sydney games and today has around 120 national federations around the globe.
It can be traced back to the 11th Century France where its earliest known variant “jeu de paume” was played in a monastery courtyard; then the palm of the hand was used to hit the ball.
Taekwondo means the way of kicking and punching; this is a traditional Korean martial art in which hands and feet, both are used to overcome an opponent, however, combination of kick movements is its best feature.
It emerged, as an after-dinner game by the high-class Victorians, sometime in 1800s in England; it became a full-fledged game in 1926, however, it appeared as an Olympic sport in 1988 in Seoul Games.
Shooting as a sport can be traced back to hundreds of years in Europe, even in Germany there are many shooting clubs which are about 500 years old. Olympic shooting comprises of 15 rounds in 3 groups: shotgun, rifle, and pistol.
Yacht racing at International level started in 1851 when New York Yacht Club members came up with a 101-foot schooner named America; however, Sailing first began as an Olympic sport in 1900 Paris Games.
Rugby originated in 1823, and out of its many variants, Rugby union and Rugby seven are the most prominent ones. Rugby union debuted as an Olympic game in 1900, Rugby seven has still to appear in 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Rowing debuted as the Olympic sport in 1900 at Paris Games. It involves one, two, four or nine competitors each for eight men’s and six women’s events in boats.
It involves five acts: fencing, swimming, horse riding, shooting and running – and note that all the events take place on the same day. It appeared as a part of Olympic Games at Stockholm 1912.
After 112 years, Golf is all set to debut again as an Olympic sport, before this, it was also seen in Paris 1900 and St Louis 1904 Olympics. This time, men and women, both can be seen competing individually in Rio Olympics.
Gymnastics include three disciplines: Trampoline gymnastics, Artistic gymnastics, and rhythmic gymnastics; they debuted in Olympics in Sydney 2000, Los Angeles 1984 and Athens 1896 respectively.
Judo was included as a sport in 1964 Tokyo Olympics, initially, it was for men; however, women’s competitions were added at Barcelona in 1992. Expect to find seven men’s and seven women’s events in Rio.
Handball is known for its tact, skill, and bevy of goals. Though initially, it was field handball which made its Olympic debut at the Berlin 1936 Games, but since Munich 1972, it is being played indoors.
Football came across as an Olympic sport in 1900 at Paris Games, initially, it was a men-only game, but women joined in at Atlanta 1996. For men and women titles, in Rio 2016, 16 and 12 countries will compete respectively.
Known for its team ethic, powerful action and a bevy of goals, hockey has been awe-inspiring the audiences since 1908’ London Olympics; women’s teams joined in 1980 at Moscow Olympics.
Epée, foil or saber, either of these weapons are used in fencing ever since its debut in Athens 1896’ Olympics; expect to find three individual and two team events, both for men and women, in Rio 2016.
Equestrian is the only Olympic sport in which men and women both compete against each other; it has three disciplines namely eventing, jumping, and dressage, for both individual and team competitions.
Cycling BMX, Cycling Mountain Bike, Cycling Road and Cycling Track are the four disciplines that fall under this sport; they were introduced in Beijing 2008, Atlanta 1996 and Athens 1896 respectively.
Canoeing has two forms: first is Canoe Slalom- inspired by slalom skiing- the sport was introduced in 1972 in Munich. The other is Canoe Sprint which involves racing on flat water, the sport debuted in 1936’ Berlin Games.
Though Boxing debuted in 1904 Olympics, its history can be traced back to the 3000 BC Egypt and the 7th century BC’ Greek Olympic games; it vanished after Roman Empire’s fall, but re-emerged in 17th Century Europe.
Athletics is indeed the oldest of all the Olympic sports, and though it includes various events, the first ever event was a stadium race of 192 m which was contested in Ancient Greece in 776 BC.
Basketball debuted in Olympics in 1904; founded in 1891 it is a relatively new sport. James W. Naismith who was an instructor at YMCA Training School is said to have developed this indoor game to keep his students fit.
Badminton was named after the Duke of Beaufort’s home which was called Badminton House; he is credited to have developed the game’s first version- Poona- in 1873. It was officially included in the Olympics in 1992.
Archery, to be hosted by The Sambódromo, is one of history’s oldest sports; its roots can be traced back to the times of Hittites and Assyrians, the Egyptians, the Chinese and in most recent history, the Europeans.
Water Polo was the first Olympic team sport and has been Olympics’ part since Paris 1900. Then it was a men-only competition, but now it is not the case; women joined at Sydney 2000.
Known as an aquatic ballet because of its grace and rhythm, synchronized swimming has been the part of Olympic sports since Los Angeles 1984. This is a women-only discipline and involves duet and team competitions.
Swimming emerged as an Olympic sport in Athens 1896; here, men and women participate in total 16 events, which include relays and individual competitions in breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke and butterfly.
Diving debuted as an Olympic sport at St Louis in 1904; then athletes used to aim for the longest jump, but now the spectacular aerial acrobatics are given preference and are judged to the minutest detail.
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