We’ve pointed out the key events and venues, and key bits of information you can’t miss out on. With the 31st Olympic Games in Rio kicking off in under two weeks, it’s definitely time we started getting ready. Mainline Menswear have put together this key guide to Rio 2016.
Following the opening ceremony on Friday 5th August, 21 sports will be played on the first day of the event. These include the men’s cycling road race, women’s football and the start of the beach volleyball tournament. The first medal will also be awarded, in the shooting.
On the Sunday the canoe slalom begins, as does the men’s football. Medals will be awarded for the road cycling, archery, swimming, fencing, judo and weightlifting.
As the tournament continues to get underway, we see the first sailing regattas begin on the 8th. Gymnastic and equestrian finals take place on the 9th and road cycling time trials start on the 10th.
The final few days of the Olympics (19th-21st) will include several swimming finals, a huge amount of athletics drama and the football finals.
With 25 sports being played at Rio, it has the most sports of any Olympics so far – thanks to the introduction of golf and rugby sevens. As hundreds of events are taking place, you’re bound to miss a few. But hopefully this will help schedule yourself to catch the big ones.
Most of the Olympic and Paralympic sports are set to take place in four key zones: (1) Barra, (2) Copacabana, (3) Maracana and (4) Deodoro.
Making use of its natural settings, Copacabana beach will host the triathlon, beach volleyball and long distance swimming. Yachtsmen and women will compete in Sugar Loaf and Guanabara Bay, whilst the rowers will be at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and Corcovado. The marathon and archery will take place on the iconic Sambodromo – where the famous Rio Carnival is held every year.
Each zone is hosting a handful events, so we’ve picked out the key ones you might be most interested in. Barra contains the velodrome, where track cycling will take place. There is also the Aquatics Stadium; Riocentro, which will house badminton, table tennis and boxing, and the Olympic Hockey Centre. The Olympic Village is situated here too, home to all the athletes from competing countries.
Copacabana is the venue for the majority of water sports events, but you can also find road cycling and the triathlon in this area. Maracana is the main area, holding the Maracana stadium. This is the venue for both the opening and closing ceremonies, and some of the football games. More football and all the athletics events are also being held here, in the main Olympic Stadium. The Sambodromo, location of Rio Carnival can also be found here.
Finally, in Deodoro there is the equestrian centre, BMX and mountain biking, basketball and the canoe slalom. One of the new events, rugby sevens if also being held here. All the locations are within easy distances from each other. So if you’re in Rio and want to make it from the athletics to the rugby, public transport will always be nearby.
Extra key information
Some other tips you might want to know if you’re either heading to the Olympics or watching at home. If you’re lucky enough to be in Brazil, public transport is easy to find and travels within walking distance of all Olympic venues. You generally shouldn’t drink the tap water, although it is regarded safe for human consumption. And, whilst wandering around the city, keep your litter in your pocket – or you could face a huge fine.
If you’re watching from home, all Olympic sport will be broadcast live on BBC. Just remember the time difference, Rio is four hours behind us. So remember to set your alarm for the key events you want to see. Then you can settle down on your sofa to watch Team GB tackle the rest of the world.