The world is gearing up for the pinnacle of athletic competitions, the Rio Olympics 2016. With countries from around the world coming together for the quadrennial competition where the best of each sport will come together to compete and win laurels for themselves and their nations; it is all set to kick off in less than a month.
It will be the first time ever a South American country has hosted the coveted games, having won the bid in 2009 against Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago. With over 10,000 athletes from around the world, representing 206 countries, it is set to be one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Competitors will be involved in 306 events over the course of 17 days of the Olympiad.
With India taking its largest contingent ever for any Olympic event, 121, it is expected to have a large domestic following. The officials are also hoping to beat the previous record for a medal tally, 6. We will also be represented in the golf events, which make a comeback in the Olympics after a whopping 112 years. Having already sold 7.5 million tickets, it also promises to be one of the most popular events of the year.
This Olympics will also be memorable for many other reasons. It’ll be the first Olympics for millennial athletes (those born in 2000 or later), with some of the sports rules requiring competitors to be have been born before January 1st, 2003. It will also include Rugby after a hiatus of 92 years. These games will also see a team of athletes of refugees, who will be competing under the Olympic flag.
The Indian Women’s hockey team will also be raising the flag high, having qualified for the second time ever for the games, the previous being in 1980. Being the 10th team to qualify and having a reputation in the sport, hockey remains one of the hopeful events for India to make a serious mark on their medal tally.
Spread over 33 venues, the Rio Olympics is all set to offer all that’s best of Brazil, with the officials looking for roughly 70,000 volunteers, of which 50,000 have already been sourced. It will also have some of the highest security presence with over 80,000 security units deployed, double of the previous Olympics.
All in all, the Rio Olympics are all set to be one of the largest events in the world, putting Brazil (and Rio de Janeiro). With the world competing on the athletic front, it is bound to be grab the attention of sports fans across the globe. Let us see how our Indian athletes perform and give our support and cheer our delegation to win laurels and medals, making a name for themselves and the country.
Ranveer Raj Bhatnagar