Rio 2016 Olympics Sports

Rio 2016 Olympics Sports

The 2016 Summer Olympic program is scheduled to feature 28 sports and a total of 38 disciplines. There were two open spots for sports and initially seven sports began the bidding for inclusion in the 2016 program. Baseball and softball, which were dropped from the program in 2005, karate, squash, golf, wake boarding, roller sports, and rugby union all applied to be included. Leaders of the seven sports held presentations in front of the IOC executive board in June 2009.

In August, the executive board initially gave its approval to rugby sevens—a seven-man version of rugby union—by a majority vote, thus removing baseball, roller sports, and squash from contention. Among the remaining three—golf, karate, and softball—the board approved golf as a result of consultation. A decision regarding the remaining two sports was made on October 9, 2009, the final day of the 121st IOC Session at which Rio de Janeiro was named as host. A new system was in place at this Session; a sport now needs only a simple majority from the full IOC for approval rather than the two-thirds majority previously required.

On October 9, 2009 the IOC voted to include rugby sevens and golf on the program for the Games in Rio. The other 26 sports were also confirmed with a large majority of the votes. International Golf Federation executive director Antony Scanlon told Olympic news outlet Around the Rings that the top players, including Tiger Woods and Annika Sörenstam, would show their continued support of golf's Olympic involvement by participating in the events.

In August 2011, President of the 2016 Olympic Committee, Carlos Nuzman, backed Sepp Blatter's request to include beach soccer in the 2016 games.

In May 2012, the International Sailing Federation announced that windsurfing would be removed from the 2016 Olympic sailing programme and replaced by kitesurfing.

In the Paralympics, triathlon will be held as a para-sport for the first time.

The Rio 2016 symbol resembles three figures – yellow, green and blue – embraced at the arms and in a triple hug representing the Sugarloaf Mountain. The logo was designed based on four pillars: contagious energy, harmonious diversity, exuberant nature and Olympic spirit. The logo was designed by Rio agency Tatil in a race involving 139 agencies. According to IOC President Jacques Rogge, the logo really reflects the vision of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil for these Games. The logo has been noted as evoking Henri Matisse's painting Dance, in addition to its use of colours found in Brazilian flag. The emblem was unveiled at 10 pm on December 31, 2010, during the Réveillon party in the Copacabana Beach.

Rio 2016 Olympics Venues and infrastructure.

Venues and infrastructure

Barra da Tijuca will host most of the venues of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016. The rest will be located in three other zones: Copacabana Beach, Maracanã and Deodoro; Barra da Tijuca will also house the Olympic Village.

Rio's historical downtown is undergoing a large-scale urban waterfront revitalization project called Porto Maravilha. It covers a five million square meters area. The project aims to redevelop the port area increasing the city center's attractiveness and enhancing Rio’s competitiveness position in the global economy. The urban renovation involves: 700 km of public networks for water supply, sanitation, drainage, electricity, gas and telecom; 4 km of tunnels; 70 km of roads; 650 km² of sidewalks; 17 km of bike path; 15,000 trees; 3 sanitation treatment plants.

Besides the Maracanã Stadium and Engenhão, the football matches will also take place in Salvador (Arena Fonte Nova), São Paulo (Arena de São Paulo), Belo Horizonte (Estádio Mineirão) and Brasília (Estádio Nacional de Brasília). All these stadiums will also be used in the FIFA World Cup 2014 except by the Morumbi Stadium which will be replaced by Arena de São Paulo Stadium.

Diving test event tickets to go back on sale

Diving fans will have another opportunity to buy tickets for the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup 2012 when tickets go back on sale tomorrow (Tuesday 17 January) from 10am.
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Spectators will see world-class sporting action, including Britain’s best divers competing in a team that may include Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield.
Part of the London Prepares series, the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup 2012 takes place from 2026 February in the iconic Aquatics Centre on the Olympic Park.

After finalising seating plans, the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has been able to put more tickets on sale for the event. Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster and will be priced from £10-£30 for full price tickets and £5-£15 for young people and seniors.

The competition is the last opportunity for athletes to qualify for Individual and Synchronised Diving at London 2012. The event is supported by UK Sport as part of the World Class Events Programme.

'World-class sport'
Debbie Jevans, LOCOG Director of Sport said: ‘The FINA Visa Diving World Cup will be a top-class event and we have worked hard to enable more people to have the opportunity to watch world-class sport in the Olympic Park.’
The London Prepares series is made up of 42 elite competitions in London 2012 venues to test vital areas of LOCOG’s operations, focused on the field of play, results, scoring and timing and workforce.
As a proud sponsor of London 2012, Visa (debit, credit, prepaid) is the only card accepted for online ticket sales for London Prepares series events.

London 2012 Olympic Football tickets go back on sale.

Tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Football Tournament are now on sale on a first come, first served basis.
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Team GB coaches Hope Powell and Stuart Pearce pictured at Wembley Stadium, one of the six venues used for the London 2012 Football competition.
In the UK and within the EU, approximately 1.5 million tickets are available through the London 2012 ticketing website. Sales will take place on a ‘live’ basis, with payment taken immediately. 

Prices start at £20 for adults, with ‘pay your age’ prices for young people aged 16 and under, and £16 tickets for seniors aged 60 and over available for most sessions.
Tickets are available for Team GB fixtures and all rounds of the competition, with matches taking place at the City of Coventry Stadium, Hampden Park, Millennium Stadium, Old Trafford, St James’ Park and Wembley Stadium.
LOCOG CEO Paul Deighton commented: ‘The Olympic Football Tournament features some of the world’s best young and up and coming players in the men’s game and the cream of the women’s game.

'With ticket prices for adults starting at £20 and our great special prices for young people and those over 60, I’m sure for many these tickets will be the perfect Christmas present.'
Team GB fixtures announced
Earlier this month the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) announced where Team GB will be playing their group fixtures. The men’s team, coached by Stuart Pearce, will begin their London 2012 campaign at Old Trafford on Thursday 26 July, followed by Wembley Stadium on Sunday 29 July. Their final group game will be at the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday 1 August.
Coached by Hope Powell, the women’s team will kick off the tournament on Wednesday 25 July at the Millennium Stadium, with their following match at the same venue on Saturday 28 July. Their final group stage match will take place on Tuesday 31 July at Wembley Stadium.
The official draw for the Olympic Football Tournament will take place on 24 April 2012 at Wembley Stadium, when all group fixtures will be decided for all venues.
Tickets are also available via telephone on 0844 847 2012. As a proud sponsor of London 2012, only Visa (debit, credit and prepaid) can be used to purchase tickets.

McFly star and London 2012 mascots hoping to top the charts.

London 2012 mascots Wenlock and Mandeville are set to burst onto the music scene with the official mascot song ‘On a Rainbow’.

Wenlock and Mandeville join Tom and Carrie at the song launch at Great Ormond Street Hospital School.
The single has been written and recorded by Tom Fletcher, lead singer and guitarist from band McFly, and is available to download now. It also features Tom’s sister Carrie Fletcher, as well as pupils from West Leigh Junior School Choir in Southend-on-Sea.
Tom Fletcher said: ‘This is an amazing opportunity and it’s something I'm very proud to be involved in. I wanted it to be fun for kids and a song that kids could remember and sing along to.’
The song is based on Wenlock and Mandeville’s journey to the London 2012 Games and the young people they meet along the way.
Tom and Carrie will perform the song live at events at Great Ormond Street Hospital School, a member of the Get Set network, and at Westfield Stratford City today.
Mascot film
In further exciting news for Wenlock and Mandeville the third mascot film, ‘Wenlock and Mandeville’s Rainbow Rescue’, is also being premiered today. It will be shown in more than 100 ODEON cinemas nationwide before selected family movies from 25 November to 23 December 2011.
Written by British author Michael Morpurgo, Rainbow Rescue features CGI animated versions of Olympic and Paralympic athletes and is narrated by TV and film personality Stephen Fry.
The short films show how Wenlock and Mandeville are created from the last two drops of steel from the Olympic Stadium and then follow their journey as they continue on their sporting adventure across the UK, inspiring young people to take up sport.
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I guess you must of heard by now that the Olympics will take place in London next year starting on the 27th July 2012. They will run for until the 12th August and will be followed by the Paralympics which start on August 29th until the 9th September.
This will be the third time London has hosted the Olympic Games having originally hosted them in 1908 and for a second time in 1948, following the second world war.
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Many of the new venues will be re-used by the general public leaving a lasting legacy for the UK especially for the residents of Stratford and Lower Lea Valley in East London.
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Following on from the games London will be hosting the Paralympics which has 20 sports, you can check a full listing of all the Paralympic sports at
The Olympics is not only about sport and the games it will also showcase a whole range of the UK's outstanding heritage:
Cultural Olympiad
The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad
The 'Art' strand of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad features a range of projects and programmes, from large commissions such as Artists Taking the Lead to events within the Inspire programme.
Film and digital
The 'Film and digital' strand of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad features everything from a short film competition for young people to individual projects in the Inspire programme.
Literature and libraries
The 'Literature and libraries' strand of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad features a number of Inspire mark projects. More programmes will come on board as we get ever nearer to the Games.
Museums and galleries
The 'Museums and galleries' strand of the Cultural Olympiad features UK-wide projects such as 'Stories of the World', alongside local programmes awarded the coveted 'Inspire mark'.
The 'music' strand of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad includes a wide range of projects and programmes - from large-scale commissions to local activities run through the Inspire programme.
Outdoors and events
The 'outdoor and events' strand of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad features a wide range of projects, from'Discovering Places' to the Inspire programme
Theatre, dance and comedy
The World Shakespeare Festival, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, will run from 23 April to 9 September 2012, celebrating how the world performs, teaches and engages with Shakespeare. It will form part of the London 2012 Festival.
A series of major commissions, Unlimited is the UK's largest programme celebrating arts, culture and sport by disabled and deaf people

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This will be the third time London has hosted the games having also done so in 1908 and 1948.
Discover more about the history of London Olympics.

The 2012 Olympics will take place in a host of new venues as well as using existing and historic facilities. Many of the new facilities will be reused and the plans are part of the regeneration of Stratford and Lower Lea Valley in east London.
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From luxury hotels to budget beds, London has accommodation options to suit every taste.
With more than 100,000 hotel rooms to choose from, every visitor to London will be able to find a warm welcome during the Games.
Most hotels are concentrated in the heart of the West End, making it easy to explore London's shops, restaurants and theatres on foot.
Excellent transport links will make it easy for visitors staying in central London to get to London 2012 venues.
The Javelin® service will make the journey from King's Cross/St Pancras to the Olympic Park in just seven minutes.
Halls of residence and other student accommodation will provide a further 30,000 beds, offering a comfortable and affordable alternative for visitors on a budget.
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Getting to the Games

In the summer of 2012, London and the UK will host the world’s largest sporting events: the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Millions of spectators will be travelling to and from events in London and elsewhere in the UK.
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London 2012 wants to make it as easy as possible for you to get to the Games. Our aim is for 100 per cent of spectators to get to the Games using public transport or by walking or cycling.

Billions of pounds have been invested to increase the capacity and accessibility of the transport network, particularly in London. There will be additional services on trains and tubes and they will run later. You will be able to book your travel up to a year in advance and Games event ticket holders will receive a Games Travelcard for travel to venues within and near London. There will be park-and-ride sites for many venues and a 2012 Games coach service from across Great Britain to the Olympic Park, ExCeL, Greenwich Park (30 July only) and Weymouth and Portland.

However, it will still be busy and take longer than normal to travel to, from and between venues. You will need to travel earlier and be prepared for queues, particularly into and out of venues and the recommended stations for venues.

Eurolines UK and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle sign deal to carry visitors to London for 2012 Olympics

Leading coach company, Eurolines UK and market leading cross-Channel operator, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, have signed a deal to carry sports fans travelling from across Europe to London for the 2012 Games.
With just over a year to go before the country hosts the world's greatest sporting event, Eurolines UK and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle expect to carry an additional 18,000 European visitors to London next summer.
The vast majority of passengers are expected to travel from Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels and tickets will be available to purchase from 15 July.
During the peak sporting period special timetables will operate from these key cities and also direct from major European airports.
The international scheduled coach operator, part of National Express, will meet demand from Continental customers by using the fastest cross-Channel coach service, from Coquelles to Folkestone.
John Gilbert, Managing Director of Eurolines UK, said:
"Our network connects over 600 destinations across Europe and we'll play a key role in helping people from across the Continent visit the UK next summer.
"We are committed to providing passengers with an affordable, convenient and easily accessible service to key points in the heart of London.
"By linking with Eurotunnel we are able to increase our normal timetable to provide additional services for customers when they need them most."
Eurolines is comprised of 32 independent coach companies who, between them, operate Europe's largest scheduled coach network carrying over 4 million passengers per annum.
Jo Willacy, Commercial Director of Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, said:
"This contract with Eurolines UK means that European visitors will benefit from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's unbeatable 35 minute crossing time through the Channel Tunnel, with up to four departures an hour at peak times.
"Thanks to its flexibility, Eurotunnel is able to adapt its capacity to meet the demand of major events whether they be sporting attractions, royal occasions, national or international events."
The link is also good news for the environment. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is the most environmentally friendly cross-Channel operator, with a host of awards to its name, while travelling by coach is officially the 'greenest' form of public transport.
Eurolines is a member of The Climate Group's 'We're In This Together' campaign and also attended the Copenhagen Summit to champion the role of public transport in Europe.