The Summer Olympics are to be held from August 5th – 21st, 2016 in Rio de Janiero, marking the first time that the games have been held in the South American continent. Throughout the 17 days, over ten thousand athletes from 205 countries will compete in 306 medal events held in four areas throughout the city: Barra, Deodoro, Maracanã, and Copacabana. Of the events, 161 are men’s events, 136 are female events, and 9 are mixed events.
There are 15 competition venues in the Barra area, 9 in the Deodoro, 5 in Maracanã, and 5 in Copacabana. From August 2014 through May of 2016 as many as 39 test events will be staged throughout the city in these areas.
There will be an anticipated 45,000 volunteers, 85,000 outsourced staff, and 8,000 employees working the Olympic Games in Rio.
Here is more information on the four main areas where the competitions will be held:
- Barra: With 18km of sands, Barra’s beach is a highlight of Rio’s sprawling west zone. The sea’s powerful waves draw surfers and bodyboarders, while its wide, fine, white sands are ideal for playing soccer and beach volleyball. Joggers, walkers and bicyclists enjoy its promenade, soaking in its pleasant and calm atmosphere.
- Deodoro: A neighborhood in the West part of Rio.
- Copacabana: Its world famous beach attracts tourists throughout the year. With four kilometres of sand, a wide range of activities are possible: from sunbathing and swimming to tennis and beach volleyball, from skateboarding or bike riding along the cycle path to jogging on the famous promenade. Or you can just kick back, sip fresh coconut water and watch the world go by. During the Rio 2016 Games, Copacabana will host open water swimming, beach volleyball, paratriathlon, triathlon, and the road cycling time trials.
- Maracanã: Under its impressive arches, in Praça da Apoteose, lies the Samba Museum, which displays historical costumes and adornments. Designed by world-renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer, Sambódromo is the stage for Rio Carnival’s samba school parades, and thus is one of the city’s most enduring symbols. In 2016, the rhythm of samba will give way to sports as the venue hosts the Olympic marathon start and finish, plus archery competitions. The venue boasts an impressive all-seating capacity of 83,000.