The hottest event of the year is the Summer Olympics. The 31st games will take place in Rio for the first time and this is also the first time Olympic games will take place in the South American continent. The event will start on August 5th and last until August 21st, when the closing ceremony will take place. This is the second big event to be hosted by Brazil, after a largely successful World cup organization in 2014.
The athletes will compete in 306 events, divided into 28 sports in total, with rugby sevens appearing for the first time and golf making a comeback after 114 years. As of April, nearly 8000 athletes confirmed their participation at the tournament and are scheduled to appear for their countries, with more than 10,500 athletes expected to be the final number, making it one of the most massive Summer Olympics so far.
A total of 170 countries out of 206 registered Olympic nations will have at least one athlete in the games, with South Sudan and Kosovo making their maiden appearance. Expectedly, hosts Brazil will feature the biggest number of athletes, with 428. United States, Russia and China follow up respectively. At least one Olympic Refugee contestants is scheduled to appear so far and he will represent the Olympic flag.
Historically speaking, United States is by far the most successful country in the Olympic games history, winning 2399 medals in total so far, with 976 golden medals. Former Soviet Union holds the second place with 1010 medals overall. The records by this team were not welcomed by the Russian Olympic team, which itself has managed to bag 396 medals so far. Great Britain rounds up the top three with 780 medals overall, while a recent bomb China is lying at fifth place with 473 medals.
United States will most likely attack the top spot again and with the second biggest number of athletes in the game, they have the biggest chance to go out total medal winners. In London four years ago, United States easily managed to win the highest amount of medals, most of them in athletics, where they generally rule in the past decades. China is expected to make a strong challenge for the medals list and with the number of participants, surely can keep their hopes up.
China is a major boost in the Olympic modern era and since the 2008 games their athletes are constantly improving and are beginning to win swimming events and be very competitive in other individual events. Hosts Brazil on the other hand are expecting a significant boost from the 2012 games, where the Brazilians managed just three golden medals with 17 alltogether.
Summer Olympics in Rio will predominantly take place in the beautiful Maracana stadium. We certainly look forward to this event as we expect a very busy summer sports-wise.
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