Ready, Steady, Go – Olympics!
August 5, 2016

The Vinicius mascot

In case you haven’t already noticed, the world’s biggest festival of sport is taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony takes place today and the games run until 21 August. If you are a keen sports fan, you are no doubt looking forward to the wall-to-wall coverage on the radio and TV. Whatever your sporting interest, you’ll be able to follow the world’s very best as they compete for those all important medals. And of course we’ll all be shouting for Team GB to do as well as they did at the London Olympics in 2012.

Olympic rings

It takes many,many years to organise an Olympic Games and it’s no wonder when you consider these mind-boggling facts about the 2016 Games.

  • 10,500 athletes representing 206 countries will take part in 306 separate sporting events
  • There will be tickets available for 7.5 million spectators at 33 different venues
  • The television audience across the world will be over 3.5 billion people.
  • The biggest team  always comes, not surprisingly, from the host nation but the USA will once again be bringing the largest team from a visiting country. They brought 556 athletes to London!
  • The smallest team is likely to be a group of athletes from different countries who have been forced to become refugees. They will compete under the Olympic flag rather than for their home countries
  • This is the first ever Olympic Games to be held in South America and the mascot, an imaginary animal called Vinicius, represents Brazil’s amazing wildlife. The organisers hope to make over £300 million from selling official merchandise, including a cuddly Vinicius
  • A new sport is introduced at each Olympic Games and this year the debut sport will be Rugby Sevens
  • Golf is also being brought back after a gap of 112 years!  It was only ever played before at at the 1900 and 1904 Games

And of course there’s more excitement to follow when the Paralympic Games start in September. We’ll be posting on that next month.

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