The largest international multi-sporting event, the Summer Olympics, is coming to Rio de Janeiro in 2016! This will be the first time that any South American city has had the pleasure to hold such a prestigious event. Ever since 2009 when Brazil, more specifically Rio de Janeiro, won their bid to hold the Olympic Games, the city has been gearing up.
Various venues are being prepared for the upcoming games. The majority of the athletic events will be held at the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange. This 47,000 capacity stadium is the current home of the Botofago football team and is affectionately known as the Nilton Santos stadium — named after a renowned Brazilian football defender. The beautiful Copacabana will also hold the beach volleyball events, which will prove to be one of the most scenic places to ever hold an Olympic event.
The bulk of the Olympic village will be in the Barra area, just north of Ipanema beach. The outdoor events will be held in the area of Deodoro. Maracanã Stadium will host the finals of Olympic football, reminiscent of the World Cup final that was held there just 2 years prior. Maracanã Stadium will also hold the opening and closing ceremonies, which will be spectacular if the yearly parade at the Sambadrome is anything to go by!
Some new sports have been introduced for the 31st Olympic Games. This includes rugby sevens and golf. As 2016 looms closer and closer, the first taste of Olympic fever will be the torch relay. It will start in the capital, Brasilia, and make its way through 250 cities in all 28 regions of Brazil before arriving at its final destination: the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro.
Don’t wait!! Get you tickets now at http://www.rio2016.com/tickets. There is a multitude of ticket options available as well as detailed information on the event’s various programme selections to help you find the sport that suits you the best.
This great event is going to be followed, as is tradition, by the Paralympics Games also being hosted in Rio de Janeiro. The Paralympics Games start on September 7th and end on September 18th. 4350 athletes from 178 countries will participate in these games and will compete in 528 medal events. For more information and tickets please go to the official website of the event.
Another side to this worldwide event is the volunteer programme. Anyone can help and contribute to make the Rio Olympics one to remember. Registration at the moment is closed but there is a waiting list available on the Volunteer Official website. Add your name to the list and have the chance to participate in the world’s biggest sporting event.