After 17 days of series sport games, the major sports event of this year — Olympic Games Rio 2016 — has finally concluded. This year’s major international multi-sport event took place in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. It ran from August 5th through August 21st. As always, there were a lot of athletes representing their own countries. In the long run, a lot of things happened. Here were some things you might have missed about Rio 2016:
In the reports, 11,000 athletes participated the event from more than 200 National Olympic Committees around the world. All these committees have qualified at least one athlete. Among the nations, the first three to have qualified their athletes for the games were the Netherlands, Germany and as well as Great Britain. These three nations have each qualified athletes for the Olympic games.
This year, there were first time participating countries: South Sudan, Kosovo and as well as the Refugee Olympic Team. This is in consideration to the European migrant crisis and as well as other reasons. Unlike the previous Olympic Games, these refugees were unable to participate in the event because of the social and political issues in their home countries. Therefore, the IOC put together a Refugee Olympic Team (ROT). Out of 43 refugee athletes that were available for that team, the IOC ended up choosing 10 of the athletes to represent the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT).
In addition, being the host for the event, Brazil was able to receive an automatic entry for the cycling disciplines and weightlifting events. Unfortunately, for both Russian and Bulgarian weightlifters, they were banned from Rio Olympic Games for committing anti-doping violations.
Twenty-eight (28) Olympic sports were featured in the games. There were 306 sets of medals given to the winners, even the newly added sports such as golf and the rugby sevens.
The sports that were featured in the 2016 Summer Olympic program were the following with 306 events and as well as 41 disciplines:
- Water Polo
- Synchronized Swimming
- Boxing Canoeing
- Mountain Biking
- Field Hockey
- Modern Pentathlon
- Rugby sevens
- Table Tennis
- Beach Volleyball
There were two (2) new sports: rugby sevens and also golf. Initially, there were seven sports that had been part of the bidding to be included in the 2016 Olympic Games program. The games included in the bidding were softball, baseball, squash, karate, roller sports, squash and rugby union. In conclusion, after the leaders of the seven sports had presented in front of the IOC executive board, golf and rugby sevens had made it.
As for the opening ceremony, it took place in the Maracana Stadium. It highlighted most of Brazilian history’s aspects.
As the event concluded, United States became the most decorated country for the fifth time now. They won 46 gold medals and they had the most medals with 121 count. On the other hand, this is the year for Great Britain as they gain the second place of number of gold medals. The last time they became the highest ever on the medal table was since the 1908 Games that they hosted. Below is the 2016 Summer Olympics medal table.
In the past, U.S. beat Russia in the year 2000 for just about four medals while the other games have 11, 10 and as well as 15 margins over China and Russia. This year, unfortunately for Russia, their weightlifting and also track and field teams did not make it due to violations. China on the other hand fell third for the number of gold medals. But they are second in the overall number of medals.
It cannot be avoided to end up with having controversies in every Olympic events. For this year’s Olympic Games Rio 2016, a lot of concerns have been raise even before the event. One of the controversies is about Brazil’s federal government that does not seem to have instability; and also safety and health concerns regarding the Zika virus and as well as the water pollution present in the Guanabara Bay which is one of the venue of the water games.
In addition, a doping scandal had also happened which involves Russia. It greatly affected that athlete’s participation in the Games. However, before the Olympic could end, a swimmer from the U.S. had made a false statement about a robbery just after the swimming’s final night on the 14th day of August, 2016. The swimmer, Ryan Lochte and as well as other three U.S. swimmers were caught on surveillance camera while vandalizing one of the nearby gas station in the area before they have been caught by police officers of Rio.