The colours of sport will once again illuminate Brazil.
After hosting the 2014 World Soccer Championship, the South American nation will once again be the venue for a highly-anticipated sporting event that will involve the entire world: The Olympics.
On 5th August 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, the city designated in 2009 by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) as the host, the opening ceremony will take place. In particular, the renowned Maracanã (Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho) will be the stage of the opening ceremony. The same location will also host the closing ceremony, set to take place on 21st August 2016. For the first time, in the history of the summer Olympics, the ceremonies that mark the beginning and the end of the games will not take place in the stadium where the athletic competitions will be held (in this case the Stadio Nilton Santos).
28 hours, 41 disciples, and 306 events (with respective medals): This is the rich program that will be distributed over nineteen days of competition.
Great expectations for the return of golf, which returns to the Olympic Games after more than a century away (the last demonstration was at the St. Louis Games in 1904). Inauguration, instead, for 7-a-side rugby (rugby with teams of 15 has not been present on the Olympic calendars since 1924).
Debut also for Kosovo and South Sudan: These two nations will see, for the first time in their histories, their athletes participating in the Olympic Games.
Rio de Janeiro is preparing to be the first South American city to host the Olympics while Brazil will be the first Portuguese-speaking country to organise them. Although these will be the summer Olympic games, the event will take place entirely during the winter, given the geographical position of the city.