Summer Games Facts & Figures

It’s been 120 years since the first Modern Games were hosted in Athens, Greece in 1896. There have been 27 editions of the Summer Games staged across the globe – 16 in Europe, 6 in North America, 3 in Asia and 2 in Oceania. It was announced in October of 2009 that Rio de Janeiro was elected to host the 2016 Summer Games and Paralympic Games. Over 10,500 athletes from 206 countries will compete in the first Summer Games to be hosted in South America in 2016! Did you get all that? We’re not done yet…

The Summer Games will last for 17 days; there will be 306 medals up for grabs in 42 different sporting events including two new additions – golf and rugby. While they may be new to us, these sports have been a part of the games in the past. Golf is returning after 112 years and rugby after 92 years.

There are 32 competition venues spread out across Rio in four main regions – Deodoro, Maracana, Barra and Copacabana. To ensure the Games go as smoothly as possible, there will be 39 test events, which started in August 2014 and will run through to May 2016. At these Summer Games, there will be 7.5 million tickets available. In order to pull off an event of this magnitude, the organizing committee will need to hire 8000 employees, 85,000 outsourced staff and train 45,000 volunteers. Wow!

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Rio Summer Games Facts and Figures

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