The 2016 summer olympics officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and commonly known as Rio 2016, was a major international multi-sport event held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 August to 21 August 2016.
More than 11,000 athletes from 207 National Olympic Committees took part. With 306 sets of medals, the games featured 28 Olympic sports. These sporting events took place at 33 venues in the host city.
The host city Rio became the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics. These were the first games to be held in a Portuguese-speaking country.
The lead-up to these Games was marked by controversies, including the instability of the country’s federal government; health and safety concerns surrounding the Zika virus and significant pollution in the Guanabara Bay..
Bids for the 2016 Summer Olympics:-
A young girl adds her signature in support of Rio de Janeiro’s candidacy to host the 2016 Olympic Games (January 2009).
The bidding process for the 2016 Olympic Games was officially launched on 16 May 2007. The first step for each city was to submit an initial application to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by 13 September 2007, confirming their intention to bid. Completed official bid files, containing answers to a 25-question IOC form, were to be submitted by each applicant city by 14 January 2008. Four candidate cities were chosen for the shortlist on 4 June 2008: Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, which hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics and will host again in 2020.
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