The era of the Olympic Games began
in Olympia, an ancient site in Greece in 776 BC. The Olympiad formed the base
for the Greek Calendar, the four-year period between the events. Though,
several scholars have claimed that the 776 BC games were not the first but
rather they were first held after they were organized into festivals held after
every four years in effect to the peace agreement between the city- states of
Pisa and Elis.
The games continued to be held after
every four years from 776 BC to 393 AD, until abolished by the Christian
Byzantine Emperor Theodosius. The ancient games lasted for 1170 years.
The successful campaign to revive
the Olympics Games was started late in the 19th century in France by
Baron Pierre de Coubertin. The first modern Summer Games were held on March 24,
1896, in Athens, Greece. The first race was won by a college student named
James Connolly from America. Today 16
centuries later, the esteemed event attracts the best of the sportspersons from
all over the world.
The stunning city of Brazil, Rio
will play the hosts this year to the Summer Games. The opening ceremony is
scheduled to take place on August 5, 2016 in the Maracanã Stadium. A record
number of nations are competing in a record number of sports this year. Over
10,500 athletes from 206 countries along with debutants Kosovo and South Sudan
are taking part in the prestigious event. Rio will play the hosts to the grand
event for the first time, becoming the first South American city to achieve the
With 306 set of medals, the Summer
Games will feature 28 sports this year.
In Rio, Barra da Tijuca will play
the host to most of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The rest of the games
have been located in three other zones of the host city Maracanã, Deodoro and
Copacabana Beach. Barra da Tijuca will also be home to the Olympic Village.
Some of the football games are to be
played in the cities of São Paulo - Arena Corinthians, Manaus - Arena da
Amazônia, Salvador - Arena Fonte Nova, Brasília - Estádio Nacional and Belo
Horizonte – Mineirão.
The Athletes Village this year is
assumed to be the largest ever in the history of the Olympics. The fittings
comprise of 80,000 chairs, 70,000 tables, 60,000 cloth hangers, 29,000
mattresses, 10,000 smartphones and 6,000 television sets.
Fasano Rio de Janeiro – Located at the heart of opulent Zona Sul and by the
boundary of the stunning Arpoador and Ipanema beaches, Fasano offers some of
the most stunning views and scenic views specially from the bar and rooftop
Hotel Santa Teresa – Santa might have the
breezes of a hillside retreat but is no less than any five star hotel when it
comes to amenities offered. It’s the ideal spot for anyone keen to witness a
less sandy side of Rio.
La Suite by Dussol – The privacy,
exclusivity and gorgeous views across the ocean makes it easy to understand why
La Suite plays host to some of the top A-Listed celebrities across the world.
The upscale hotel consists of 7 suites and is located at the Joatinga hills.
There are numerous other hotels as
well you can check out while planning your trip to the Olympics.
the Redeemer – Standing atop 710 meter Corcovado Peak, “Cristo Redentor”
stands with stretched arms and gazing serenely over Rio. Built in 1922, the
soapstone statue is assumed to be the largest genre designed statue in the
– Relish the sunning and relaxing experience of the beautiful beach
alongside the luscious views and bars, hotels, restaurants lined by the beach.
Beach – Famed by the song "The Girl from Ipanema," the globally
renowned beach offers the foreigners the perfect sense of life of the people in
Rio with the typical Chic boutiques, eateries and luxurious apartment buildings
of the city being displayed in cross-section.