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The 2016 Olympic Games
The 2016 Olympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Opening ceremonies in the famed soccer stadium Maracana will kick off the festivities on August 5. The same stadium will see the closing ceremonies on August 21. The stadium was also the site of the 2014 Soccer World Cup.

The city of Rio de Janeiro will have 35 competition venues. Most events will take place in Barra da Tijuca. Other neighborhoods hosting events will be Copacabana and Deodoro.

The 2016 Olympics mascots are Vinicius and Tom. They represent Brazilian wildlife and plants. Vinicius, the Olympics mascot, is named after poet and musician Vinicius de Moraes. The Paralympics mascot, Tom, is named after musician Tom Jobim. Both inspirations are well known in the world of bossa nova music. They worked together many times.

In all, 306 events encompassing 41 disciplines and 28 sports will take place. On offer are these:

  • Aquatics (Diving, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Water Polo)
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing (Slalom, Sprint)
  • Cycling (BMX, Mountain Biking, Road Cycling, Track Cycling)
  • Equestrian (Dressage, Eventing, Jumping)
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football [Soccer]
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics (Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline)
  • Handball
  • Judo
  • Modern Pentathlon
  • Rowing
  • Rugby Sevens
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball (Volleyball, Beach Volleyball)
  • Weightlifting
  • Wresting (Freestyle, Greco-Roman).

The 2016 Paralympics will also take place in Rio September 7-18. Events in 22 sports will be on offer:

  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Boccia
  • Paracanoe
  • Cycling (Road, Track)
  • Equestrian
  • Football 5-a-side
  • Football 7-a-side
  • Goalball
  • Judo
  • Paratriathlon
  • Powerlifting
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Wheelchair Fencing
  • Wheelchair Rugby
  • Wheelchair Tennis.

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