RIO 2016

Most tickets for the events at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 are sold out. Fear not, however, as some sports do not require a ticket to experience the excitement of seeing the athletes in action. Athletics – Race Walk Pontal beach, in the city’s West Zone, is the start and finish line for three races. The contestants will walk 20 laps between Pontal and Avenida Lucio Costa in Recreio, and in the longer race, will do 25 laps of the 2km path between the Pontal Road and Avenida Lucio Costa in Recreio. August 19, from 8am to 1pm (men’s…

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There’s still time if you haven’t already made a visit! A total success during the first week of the Games, British House is all set for another full diary of events this week, right up to the Closing Ceremony, this Sunday 21 August. Featured highlights include touristic tips, educative panels, a speech about climate issues, a debate on Shakespeare and informal dialogues about previous Olympic host cities. British House is located in the Parque Lage, in the Jardim Botânico neighbourhood of Rio. Prior to visiting, you will need to sign up on the website: https://www.britishhouserio.com Have a look at the…

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A hugely important part of the incredible opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the soundtrack has been receiving a large share of the plaudits. One standout moment from the show was Gisele Bündchen’s stroll down the catwalk, who waltzed through the Maracanã and showed us all why she is considered one of the best at what she does. Gisele played her part with style and poise, whilst the MPB classic “Girl from Ipanema” was played by Daniel Jobim. Jobim’s grandfather, Tom, is a Bossa Nova legend, and it was he, together with Vinícius de Morais, who composed this…

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The first Golds in Olympic Games! The wins have started coming for Team Brazil and Team GB. To the joy of all Brazilians, the judoka Rafaela Silva came out victorious in the lightweight category (57kg). After a painful loss at the London 2012 Games, Rafaela had only one objective: gold at her home Olympics. The girl who was born and grew up in Rio’s notorious City of God was able to show the world that with guts, hard work, determination and a little bit of help from your supporters, anything is possible, including setting foot on the highest podium at an…

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Twitter is providing special coverage specifically for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Selected tweets will be projected onto The Wonderful City’s most famous landmarks, in particular the Arcos da Lapa. In addition, a special bus is driving around Rio, with screens in place of windows, which show the latest news and live transmissions, as well as tweets about the Olympics. The bus also has free Wi-Fi for anyone who happens to be near and wants to use it. Have a look for the Twitter Buzz, which will be at all the main events. The Olympics already have their own special section…

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed to add baseball/softball, karate, skateboard, sports climbing and surfing to the sports programme for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The decision by the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro was the most comprehensive evolution of the Olympic programme in modern history. Plans call for staging the skateboarding and sports climbing events in temporary venues installed in urban settings, marking a historic step in bringing the Games to young people and reflecting the trend of urbanisation of sport. The Organising Committee for the Tokyo 2020 Games proposed the five new sports in response to…

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There are usually school holidays in Brazil during the month of July, however, this year they have been moved to August. Children are free and full of energy, and to make the most of the Olympic Spirit which has taken hold in Rio, there is a special  official children’s programme of activities in the Parque Madureira – one of the focal points of the Olympic Boulevard. Under supervision from teachers and other monitors, children are able to discover a bit more about the different sports that constitute the Olympic Games. Badminton, Football, Footvolley, Judo, Skateboarding, Table Tennis and Capoeira classes…

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We always pay special attention to the Olympic Records An Olympic Record is, quite simply, the best result that has ever been achieved in any given event, in the history of the Olympic Games. Competitors are always trying to improve on what has gone before, and the hunt for a record often becomes the biggest target. For anyone watching the Games, the expectation can sometimes be too much, and when we finally see a record getting broken, the celebration can be intense! The sports in which we can hope to see records being broken during the Rio 2016 Games are:…

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Sporting fever is upon us, and if you are the type of person who can’t miss out on a single detail, you’ll be interested to know about the official Rio 2016 app. You can find out everything worth knowing about the Games, with an up to date medal table, schedules for every single event, info about the places where the action is happening and  details about results. Also, if you aren’t sure about the ins and outs of a particular event, you can find an explanation on the app. Other useful bits of information contained in the app are maps…

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Over the course of the Rio 2016 Games, each and every participating country will have their own official House. There are a total of 52, and the most special, as far as BBMag is concerned, are of course those belonging to Brazil and Great Britain. Brazil House is at 10 Avenida Rodrigues Alves, Armazém 2, Gamboa. Opening hours are 10am-8pm, and the house will remain open until 18 September. With Brazil being the host country, Brazil House will be doing its best to promote tourism to the country. It is also where all of Team Brazil’s athletes will be staying.…

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For the Rio 2016 Games, Team GB feature a powerful team They selected 164 women (44.8%) and 202 men (55.2%) to compete in Brazil, surpassing the previous record of 143 women in Beijing in 2008. Names like Nick Skelton (Equestrian – Jumping), Katherine Grainger (Rowing), Jessica Ennis (Athletics), Laura Trott (Cycling), Ellie and Rebecca Downie (Gymnastics – Artistic), are part of the team. In total 151 athletes and 65 medallists from London 2012 compete at Rio 2016, counting 13 silver medals and 25 bronze medals, including eight from the women’s hockey team. In addition, the British Olympic Association (BOA) has…

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According to local government official estimations, between 5 and 21 August Rio de Janeiro is set to welcome up to a million tourists. In addition to those planning on visiting the city specifically to watch the games, there will be around 100 thousand people directly participating in the goings on, including almost 11 thousand athletes from 204 countries, with 45 thousand volunteers, 25 thousand journalists and 7 thousand delegation members. In total, 7.5 million tickets will be sold for the 42 different types of events encompassed by the games. Anyone planning on being in the The Wonderful City over the…

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To follow all Team GB’s thrills and achievements, just download the official Team GB app. The app provides updated information as medal alerts, when some of Britain athlete wins, the results of your favorite athletes every day, the competition schedule, live data once competition has commenced and much more. To complete all the latest news from Team GB will also appear in the app, so you never miss any team game for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It is available for Android and IOS. To learn more, visit: https://www.teamgb.com/teamgbliveapp?dm_i=39CA,A69J,44L150,YVR9,1

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It’s not only by means of sporting prowess that the Rio 2016 athletes are putting on a show. Another element that has really been catching the eye are the spectacular official outfits. It’s no coincidence. Top designers from top brands were called upon to leave their mark on the designs, bringing together the latest trends to create exclusive looks for teams from all the corners of the world. Each delegation usually has three types of uniform – one of which is formal attire, used for the opening and closing ceremonies, another is a casual look, worn by the athletes when…

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Anyone who maybe still thought that football isn’t for girls is really in need of a close look at themselves. After a second consecutive victory, this time an emphatic 5-1 thumping of Sweden, the players of Brazil’s women’s football team, led by Marta, Cristiane and Beatriz, are showing that football is a fundamental ingredient in any Brazilian’s DNA – whatever their sex. The result guarantees Brazil a ticket to the quarter-finals, possibly with first place in the group – which will be confirmed depending on the result from the match against South Africa. In the next round, however, the little…

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