Rio Olympics 2016 starts August 5, 10 days from today. It also marks the date for Opening ceremony of Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The competition will be held for 17 days which will end on August 21. Are you excited for Rio Olympics 2016?

According to the official website of Rio Olympics 2016:
• More than 200 member nations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are expected to compete in Rio games.
• More than 10,000 athletes will compete in the first edition of the Olympic Games.
• 306 events will take place in 28 sports.

Kosovo and South Sudan are the two new comers this time in Olympics. So, we are rooting for the first timers at Rio Olympics 2016 too.

Rio Olympics 2016 Rugby and Golf Comeback

Rio Olympics also has good news for Golf and Rugby lovers. After 112 years Golf will again be featured this time in Rio and Rugby will make a comeback after 92 years of long time.

Day 1 of the Games start with qualifying round for Men’s’ Gymnastics. A number of medal events such as Archery, Cycling, Fencing, Judo, Shooting, Swimming and Weightlifting will also take place. For the full guide to Rio Olympics 2016 schedule click here.

Vinicius and Tom are the official Mascots for Rio Olympics 2016 and Paralympics.

rio olympics 2016 mascot
Named after musician Vinicius de Moraes, the Olympic Mascot Vinicius apparently carries design traits of mammals and represents Brazilian wildlife.

Mascot Tom is named after the musician Tom Jobim. Tom’s design represents the plants of Brazilian forests.

The mascots’ fictional backstories state that they were both born from the joy of Brazilians after it was announced that Rio would host the Games.

Television Coverage
NBC will air most of the games live. Main events such as Swimming, Track events including Races, and field events will be entirely covered live on television. Other events such as gymnastics will be available for live stream online through NBC platforms and will later the prerecorded game will be played on television too.

Notable Names of Rio Olympics 2016
A number of famous names will represent and compete for their country in Rio.

Serena Williams, who won gold medal at Wimbledon in the 2012 Olympics is most likely to repeat the achievement. She would be the first singles player in history to do so if she fetches the gold in Rio too.Rafael Nadal,Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will eye for the men’s tennis singles final. Federer and Djokovic will look try their best to win first ever gold in Olympics for themselves.
Usain “Lightning” Bolt will appear in action for his last Olympics as he plan to retire after in 2017.

In Pool,Michael Phelps, who has 22 medals over three Olympic Games would look to add more to his medal count.

Gold medalist in the 400m individually and 4x400m with her teammates,Sanya Richards-Ross from Jamaica will look forward to win a gold this time too.

Thomas Bach, IOC President, quoted, “Together with the great support and enthusiasm of the Brazilian people, we will ensure that these Olympic Games will send a signal of hope and joy to the world in our much troubled times.”

With all the exciting names featuring in beautiful city Rio de Janeiro of Brazil, tell us how do you plan to watch the games of Rio Olympics 2016?