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Rio by numbers

  • Published at 12:03 am August 3rd, 2016
  • Last updated at 12:27 pm August 4th, 2016
Rio by numbers

The 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held for the first time in South America. Rio de Janeiro was chosen at the International Olympic Committee General Assembly which took place on October 2, 2009 in Copenhagen. There were four candidate cities: Chicago, Tokyo, Madrid, and Rio.

Chicago was the first city to be eliminated. Then, Tokyo was also eliminated. Finally, Rio de Janeiro beat Madrid in the final voting process by 66-32 votes. Today, Africa is the only continent that never had the opportunity to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will start at 8pm (Brazilian time) on August 8. It will be 5am in Dhaka. One billion people will watch the opening ceremony and five billion people will watch the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The closing ceremony of the RIO 2016 Olympic Games will take place on August 21. The slogan of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games is “live your passion.” Rio de Janeiro, the hosting city, will have 39 sports events in the areas of Deodoro, Copacabana, Maracanã, and Barra da Tijuca.

The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games expect about 10,500 athletes from 206 countries around the world. For the first time, Kosovo and South Sudan are taking part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In Beijing (2008) and in London (2012), 204 countries took part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Some 7.5 million tickets were sold for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Bangladesh will take part in the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games with five athletes, who will compete in the following sports modalities: Archery, swimming, golf, and shooting

The cheapest ticket costs around $12 and the most expensive costs about $1,400 for the noble seats of the opening ceremony. About 3.8 million tickets cost less than $21.5 dollars (about 70 Brazilian reals).

In order to sustain this amount of people, the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Committee will need to make 11 million meals. During the Games, 315 horses will take part in the competitions and 25,000 tennis balls will be used.

At the end of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, 306 sets of medals will be distributed in 39 sports competitions: 161 in men’s events and 136 in women’s events.

This edition of the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be historic thanks to two sports that were included: Rugby and golf.

More than 130,000 people are already working in the preparation of the Olympic and Paralympic Rio 2016 Games. 45,000 are volunteers. The final cost of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games was $12 billion.

Brazil will have its highest number of athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic Games: 462. Until today, Brazil achieved 108 medals among them, 23 gold medals, 30 silver medals, and 55 bronze medals.

The sports that Brazil has the largest number of medals are volleyball (20 medals, nine medals in the indoor volleyball and 11 medals in the beach volleyball), judo (19 medals), sailing (17 medals), and swimming (13 medals).

Presently, Brazil is 37th in the Olympic ranking. Brazil started its participation in the Olympic Games in 1920 in Antwerp, Belgium. Since then, Brazil was out of the Olympic Games only once in Amsterdam, in 1928.

The Olympic torch was taken into 326 Brazilian cities in all 27 Brazilian states. 12,000 people carried the Olympic torch in Brazil.

This was the fourth largest domestic route in the history of the Olympic Games.

Bangladesh will take part in the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games with five athletes, who will compete in the following sports modalities: Archery, swimming, golf, and shooting.

The head of the Bangladeshi delegation will be the Minister of Youth and Sports Dr Biren Sikder.

The delegation will also be led by the president of the Bangladesh Olympic Association Mr Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq.

Wanja Campos Da Nobrega is the Ambassador of Brazil to Bangladesh.