The opening ceremony is at midnight BST on Friday night but the action kicked off two days ago with the women's football. Great Britain's athletes have been set a minimum target of winning 48 medals, which would make Rio their most successful overseas Olympics. Media playback is not supported on this device. The lack of controversy around the decision is a breath of fresh air for new Olympic sports, which usually go through backlash from some party or another. Sport by Sport Rio Home. Athletes from nations and a refugee team are in Brazil to compete in 28 sports and be watched by a global audience of billions.
The Summer Olympics officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and .
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Neither sport is new to the Olympics — rugby was last featured at the. Rugby and golf are welcomed back to the Olympics in Rio after being absent from the Games for most of the 20th century.
and athlete records. The Rio Games celebrated and showcased sport in a stunning setting, thanks to the city's efforts to boost event presentation to new heights.
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Number of medals : gold, silver and bronze. The Rio Games provided the best possible environment for peak performances.
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With athletes, the United States has the largest Olympic team, but m runner Etimoni Timuani is the only athlete from the South Pacific nation of Tuvalu. They are surrounding the Rio Olympics logo.
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Golf, sevens rugby and kitesurfing take center stage at the Olympic Games in Rio. The Games will hold 28 sports and 38 disciplines. The Olympic Games officially get under way in Rio on Friday with the A New Zealand jiu-jitsu athlete claims he was kidnapped in Rio.
As ofwhen the decision to have Olympic golf was announced, 33 countries were in line to participate in Olympic play.
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At the same time, Rio was an opportunity to deliver the broader aspirations for the long-term future of the city, region and country — an opportunity to hasten the transformation of Rio de Janeiro into an even greater global city. On Thursday, the IOC cleared Russian athletes from the country's original entry list ofthough 67 of its 68 track and field athletes have been barred by the sport's governing body.
Brazil has drafted in 85, security personnel from 55 countries who will be stationed at the sport venues, Olympic Village, airports and main roads - almost twice as many as were at the London Olympics.
During the vote on 2 OctoberRio de Janeiro eventually triumphed by taking 66 votes compared to Madrid's