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Rio Olympics 2016: Interesting numbers of the Olympic Games

596   //    11 Jul 2016, 17:39 IST
The Rio Olympics are set to being from 5 August

The Brazilian city of Rio De Janeiro will be hosting the Olympic Games from 5 August – 21 August. With less than four weeks to go before the Games get underway with the Opening Ceremony at the Maracana Stadium in Rio, we take a look at some interesting numbers and stats which will revolve around Rio 2016:

#1 – Rio will be the first South American city to host the Olympic Games making Brazil the first South American country to do so in the 120-year history of the games. Africa will be left as the only continent to have never hosted the Olympic Games.

#1+1 – For the first time in the Paralympic Games, the guides of the blind athletes in triathlon and athletics will also be given a medal along with the athlete.

#1.5 – There are more than 1.5 million likes on Rio 2016’s Facebook page.

#2 – Two sports have been added in the Olympic Games in Rio, namely Rugby and Golf. Rugby is returning to the Games after 92 years whereas golf returns after 112 years. The last time rugby was played was at the 1924 Olympic Games held in Paris, France. Golf was last played at the 1904 Olympic Games which took place in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

#3.6 – It is expected that more than 3.6 billion people will be watching the Games on their TV sets and live in the stadiums combined.

#7.5 – The Rio Olympics Committee has made 7.5 million tickets available to the world. 

#10  – Around 10,000 athletes will be competing in this year’s Olympic Games.

#39 – The Rio de Janeiro authorities are having 39 test events in locations such as Deodoro, Copacabana, Maracana and Barra da Tijuca,  and all other city locations which will host competitions.

#11 – There have been 11 international sponsors who have been announced so far which include the likes of Bridgestone, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, P&G, Visa and Samsung.

#11 – The hosts will be preparing 11 million meals in all throughout the event for the athletes, tourists and volunteers.

#17 – The Olympic Games will run for 17 days in total from 5 August to 21 August.

#20 – This will be the 20th time that Coca-Cola will be sponsoring the Olympic Games as they have been sponsoring since the 1928 Games in Amsterdam.

#20 – It is estimated that Brazil has spent over $20 billion on the hosting of the event.

#25 – There will be a need for 25,000 tennis balls in Rio to conduct both the men’s and women’s competitions.

#34 – There will be a need for 34,000 beds in all for the tourists and athletes who will visit the country.

#41 – Global Web Index expects each viewer to watch an average of 41 minutes of online videos related to Olympics.

#42 – The athletes will be participating in a total of 42 sports in Rio.

#45 – Sponsorship deals have given Brazil 45% of the total revenue.

#47 – The issue of broadcast rights has earned Brazil an estimated 47% of the total revenue.

#85 – According to Global Web Index, it is expected that 85% of the viewers will be watching the Olympics on second-screen devices.

#120 – It has been 120 years since the first Olympic Games took place in Athens in 1896.

#130 – The Rio Olympics requires more than 130,000 people to work directly in order to conduct all the events and to oversee the travelling and security of the athletes and viewers.

#206 – There will be athletes from 206 countries who will participate at Rio 2016.

#306 – The number of gold medals which will be given at the end of the Olympics will be 306.

#315 – Rio 2016 will be utilizing the services of 315 horses in order to complete the various competitions and sports.

#351 – On Twitter, there are more than 351,000 followers of Rio Olympics.

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