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Brace up for the greatest sporting extravaganza on earth – the Summer Olympics, commonly known as Rio 2016

The greatest sporting extravaganza on earth is finally here – along with it a host of firsts. The 2016 Summer Olympics, being held between August 5-21 at Rio de Janeiro, is the first such sporting event to be hosted by a South American city. These are the first games that are being held in a Portuguese-speaking  country, the first that are being held entirely during the host country’s winter season, the first since 1968 that are being held in Latin America and the first since 2000 (and third overall) that are being held in the Southern Hemisphere.

The world will once again become transfixed by the exploits of the likes of Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Sir Bradley Wiggins this summer. In all, more than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), including first time entrants Kosovo and South Sudan, are taking part. With 306 sets of medals, the games are featuring 42 Olympic sports. These sporting events are taking place at 32 venues in the host city and five other venues in the cities of Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília and Manaus.

New@Games

This year, two new sporting events – rugbysevens and golf – were added by the International Olympic Committee. Initially, seven sports began the bidding for inclusion in the 2016 programme, in which two spots were open. Baseball and softball, which were dropped from the programme in 2005, karate, squash, golf, roller sports and rugby union all applied to be included.

Bahrain@Rio

A record number of Bahraini athletes are set to take part in the 2016 Rio Olympics! The Kingdom will be represented in the Olympics in four disciplines: the athletics events (where 38 have qualified), swimming (two); shooting and wrestling with one participant each. The nation will pin its hopes on the likes of rising athlete Salwa Naser, winner of the 2016 Asian Indoor Championship in Doha. She will be joined by other prominent athletes like Benson Seurei, Abbas Abubaker and Ruth Jebet. Adam Batirov, winner of this year’s Asian Wrestling Championship in Thailand, will also be leading Bahrain for the first time at the Olympics. Bahrain have also been awarded three wild cards, which were given to three of its young talents– Mahmood Haji (Shooting), Fatema Al Mahmeed and Farhan Saleh (Swimming).

Vinicius, the official mascot of Rio 2016, is named after musician Vinicius de Moraes

On camera

And to give viewers a never-before experience at the Games, the 2016 Olympics will showcase the most advanced camera systems ever put into play. Mark Roberts Motion Control, a camera support company specialising in studio and broadcast equipment, has teamed up with Nikon and Getty Images to provide a new type of automated camera system. It’s called the POD, which gives photographers more control and freedom than usual.

Words By: Jamie Howlett

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