Road to Rio Olympics 2016 Games: Olympics Then and Now

The Olympic Games have become an inseparable part of the human civilization. It is a great opportunity for people from all across the globe to bond & connect through sports. Rio Olympics 2016 Live Event is around the corner. Standing on the doorstep of another mega event, let’s take a look back to where it all started and where we are now.

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Where it all Started

The history of the Olympic Games dates back to several millennia. It all started at the sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia, Greece, where it was held every four years. According to historians, the oldest date that the Ancient Olympic took place was in 776 BC so it can be said that, that’s when the Olympic Games had started. Legend says that Zeus’s son Heracles first started the games & named it the “Olympics” to honor Zeus, & also started the tradition of holding it every four years. Tradition has it that Coroebus, a cook from the city of Elis, was the first Olympic champion.

The Ancient Olympics contained both fundamental as well as religious significance, ancient Olympics featured ritualistic sacrifices and games that honored both Zeus (who had a statue of Phidias in his temple at Olympia) and Pelops, that was both a hero and a king of divine proportions. The Games took place every four years, and period of the games, known popularly as an Olympiad, was used by ancient Greeks as one of their units of time measurement.

The Ancient Olympics reached their peaking point in the 6th and 5th centuries BC. But gradually lost importance & popularity as the Romans gained power & influence over Greece. Historians debate over the ending date of the games, between 393 AD, when the emperor Theodosius I decreed that all pagan cults and the practices should be eliminated, &426 AD, when his heir, Theodosius II, ordered the annihilation of all Greek temples.

History During the Renaissance

According to the WikiPedia, in modern times, the term “Olympic” was used on various occasions to mark athletic events from the time of the 17th century. The first such event was the Cotswold Games or “Cotswold Olimpick Games”, an annual meeting near Chipping Campden, England, involving various sports. The game was first organized by lawyer Robert Dover between 1612 and 1642, with several later celebrations leading up to the present day. The British mark these games as “the first stirrings of Britain’s Olympic beginnings”.

Meanwhile in France, a national sports festival held annually called L’Olympiade de la République, also attempted to emulate the ancient Olympic Games in the post-French Revolution France.

In 1850, an Englishman named Dr. William PennyBrookes made it official by founding an Olympic Class at Much Wenlock, in Shropshire, England.The Wenlock Olympian Society was founded by Dr. Brookes on 15 November 1860. He, along with E.G. Ravenstein, founded the National Olympian Association in Liverpool, a forerunner of the British Olympic Association.

The Greek Revival of the Olympics

The idea of the Olympic Games returned to its birthplace Greece, after the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821. The idea was first proposed by poet & newspaper editor Panagiotis Soutsos in his poem “Dialogue of the Dead”, published in 1833. Evangelos Zappas, a wealthy Greek-Romanian philanthropist,sponsored the first Olympic Games in 1859, which was held in an Athens city square, which marks the beginning of the Modern Greek Olympics.

How Did It Become International?

The Olympian Games of the Wenlock Olympian Society inspired Pierre de Coubertin into founding the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The first International Olympic Games happened in 1896, in the Panathenaic stadium in Athens, hosted by the IOC. That was the beginning of the modern day Olympic Games, as we know it today.

The Journey of Rio Olympics 2016

Yes, you’ve already guessed it from the name, this year’s summer Olympics is going to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A city rich in historical background, & culture.

Find out more about this as we proceed.

Where It’s Happening?

Rio de Janeiro is the city that loves to celebrate. Famous for its Carnival, the River of January (that’s what the name means) promises a huge cultural festive outburst which adds up to the already anticipated mega events. The sporting events of this year’s Olympics will take place at 33 venues across Rio De Janeiro and at 5 venues in the cities of São Paulo (Brazil’s largest city by the way), Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília (Brazil’s capital), and Manaus.

The grand opening & closing ceremonies of 2016 Summer Olympics will be held at the legendary Maracanã stadium, famous for hosting international football matches.

Little Bit About the Games

The 2016 Summer Olympics will host 306 events in 28 sports, including rugby sevens & golf, which were included in the mix by the International Olympic Committee in 2009. 10,500 participants from 207 nations are expected to participate, though 8,255 athletes have confirmed.

These will be the maiden Summer Olympic Games under the new IOC presidency term of Thomas Bach. Also, this will be the first Olympic Games to be held in Brazil. This is also the first to be held entirely during the host country’s winter season (the 2000 games began on 15 September – five days before the Southern Hemisphere’s vernal equinox)  according to Wikipedia. And the first since 1968 to be held in Latin America, and the first since 2000 (third overall) to be held in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sports Types You’ll Have

Here is a list we got of the sports that are going to take place at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, in alphabetical order:

Archery, Artistic Gymnastics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe Slalom, Canoe Sprint, Cycling BMX, Cycling Mountain Bike, Cycling Road, Cycling-Track, Diving, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Marathon Swimming, Modern Pentathlon, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Rowing, Rugby Sevens, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming,Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Trampoline Gymnastics, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, & Wrestling.

The Logo of the Rio Olympics 2016

The official logo or emblem for the 2016 Summer Olympics was designed very early by the Brazilian agency Tatíl Design and was opened on 31 December 2010. The logo represents three figures. These are the yellow, green and blue color of Brazilian flag with the Sugarloaf Mountain. The logo was founded on four basic concepts: the contagious energy of the athletes, harmonious diversity of Brazil and exuberant nature, and of course, the Olympic spirit. The Rio firm Tatíl designed the winning entry for the logo in a competition involving 139 agencies.

The logo is also said to be evoking Henri Matisse’s painting Dance. The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics logo has been quite the topic of gossips & speculations, ever since its announcement.

The Mascots of Olympics 2016 Rio De Janeiro

This year’s Olympic mascot is named as Vinicius and is named after famous musician Vinicius de Moraes of Brazil. The Olympic mascot represents Brazilian wildlife, mainly focusing on mammals: the agility of cats, the monkey says and bird-like traits.

The Paralympic mascot is called Tom, not the cat in the Cartoon Network but musician Tom Jobim. The mascot represents the plants of Brazilian forests and can pull any object from his head of leaves. He is always growing in stature and overcoming obstacles.

The mascots were unveiled without names on 23 November 2014, & were named later based on a public opinion. The names Vinicius and Tom won defeating two different sets of names, making it up to 44 percent of 323,327 votes. The results were declared back on 14 December 2014. The other candidates were Oba and Eba and Tiba Tuque and Esquindim. The two mascots had interesting backstories as they were born out of the Brazilians’ joys since it was announced that Brazil is hosting Olympics this year.

Already a cartoon show featuring them has started airing on Cartoon Network on August 5, 2015.

The mascots were created by Birdo, a designing, and animation company based in São Paulo. Birdo has won many of the international awards and recognitions. The selection of Birdo was made through a national tender that had numerous companies participating.

Merchandise of the mascots has already hit the markets, among which is a Lego kit with the Olympic and Paralympic mascots. It’s the first time Lego designed a commercial version of the Olympic & Paralympic mascots.

The Slogan of This Year’s Olympic Games

“A New World” has been announced as the official slogan for the 2016 Summer Olympics. It promotes the concepts of transformation through sport and changing the world for the better.

Torch Rally

The torch rally of the Games have already started, & today the torch is in Paraguaçu Paulista, SP. An interesting thing happened while the demonstration was still on the run. Indigenous Brazilian rapper Bruno Veron of the Brô MCs carried the torch & led the rally rapping about the fight for land rights and the preservation of indigenous culture.

“I am here representing my people. Listen up, the Guarani voice reaches far. Now I am here carrying the Olympic torch. Yeah that’s right, I’m from Brô MC, and I represent.” he said.

Participating Countries for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

More than 200 member nations of the IOC are expected to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The official list of participants will be shed light on and shared shortly before the Games actually begin, once the competition for places concludes.

Athletes & Teams

More than 10,000 athletes will fight for top glory in the first edition of the Olympic Games in South America. It is a huge number! The battle to qualify for the games, which officially began in 2014, is still going on as we speak and concludes shortly before the Games when the official list of athletes will be confirmed.

Tickets

According to an estimate, 7.5 million tickets for the Olympic Games are available for people to buy – starting at R$20 and with more than half of them for R$70 or less.

Technology Available to Us

The Rio Olympic Games will have brand-new technology driven by robots and created by Mark Roberts Motion Control to facilitate the reach of photographers at multiple venues.

Security Measures Taken

Rio’s mayor has admitted that there are “big issues” facing the city in securing the Games from violence. But he insisted that they will be working on it. The governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro also shed some light on the fact that London already faced security problems, with a terrorist attack occurring on the same day following the IOC session that chose the city to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

On the other hand, IOC seems quite optimistic putting faith in the city & the Brazilian government saying that they had long seven years to improve the crime scene after they (IOC) expressed their concerns about it, & that has to be enough.

The Games officially start on the 5th of August, 2016, & ends on the 21st of the same month.

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