Rio Olympics: 10 facts you need to know
New kinds of sports, meaning of two mascots, distinctive athletes, tickets prices and security measures - the most extraordinary things of coming Olympics
2016 Summer Olympics will be the first Olympic Games ever held in South America. In the voting of International Olympic Committee members, the largest Brazilian city has managed to get around Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago. Also such event will be the second held in Latin America after the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.
There are two mascots created for these games: one – for the Olympics, and one – for the Paralympics. A yellow-blue color creature is called Vinicius, and he is a symbol of Brazilian wild animals. In appearance he looks like a mix of monkey and cat. This character got his name by voting - people have chosen the name of musician Vinicius de Moraes. Another green-blue Paralympic mascot with the leaves on his head respectively, represents the Brazilian flora. He was named after another bossa nova musician Tom Jobim.
Let’s proceed with a sport component. For the first time in 112 years golf will return to the program of the Olympic Games. Previously Golf competitions were held only during two Summer Olympics – in 1900 and 1904 years - and then were canceled. By the way, the holes for the golf competition at Brazilian Olympics have been designed by the famous golf-course architect from America.
Rugby 7 is the next new sport in Rio this summer. Rugby in its classic version (Rugby-15) has already been included in the program of the Olympic Games in 1900 (champion - France) 1908 (champion - Australia), 1920 and 1924 (both times champion - US), respectively. Not in many countries this kind of sport is very popular, so namely the US is considered to be the favorite in it at Olympics 2016.
Something about athletes – this year for the first time in the history of modern Olympic Games sisters-triplets will take part in it. Sisters Leila, Liina and Lily Luik will represent Estonia in the marathon. In 2011, they won three titles of Estonian champions: Liina in the women's 10,000 meters and half marathon, and Leila – in the marathon. Sisters also showed good results in international marathons.
Also a team of athletes who have been forced to flee their countries will be allowed to compete for the first time. The IOC says five to ten refugees are expected to qualify and compete under the Olympic flag, and they will represent a separate team. The statement about creation of such a team was made by the President the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach in October last year. “Thus we want to send a message of support and hope to refugees, to draw the world's attention to the problems and difficulties faced by 60 million migrants of our planet "- he said.
At the upcoming Games at the first time will perform the athletes - coevals of the new millennium. Brazil expected the arrival of participants born in 2000, and in general according to IOC rules, competitors must have been born before Jan. 1, 2003. Despite that, many sports have other age requirements for health and safety reasons. The youngest competitors are likely to represent diving and gymnastics.
Want to visit this year Olympics? In total, there were 7.5 million tickets on sale. The organizers of the Games reported that more than 70% are already sold. Prices vary widely - from $ 40 for some swimming events to almost $ 3,000 for the best seats at the opening ceremony. Most popular events so far are soccer, basketball, volleyball and handball. And Rio hotel room prices have jumped almost three times – to $ 260 per night. But it does not stop sports fans - most of the rooms are already booked.
Brazilian authorities decided to tighten security measures during the Olympic Games. The reason for this are the terrorist attacks, which for several years already often take place around the world. Officials announced the establishment of a special anti-terrorist center in preparation for the Olympics. During the Games around 85,000 soldiers and policemen will be deployed — the largest security force assembled at any event in Brazil's history and twice as large as the security presence for London 2012. In addition, 200 professionals will be engaged in countering cyber terrorism.
Since in 2009 it became known that the Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, the city is actively developing learning English. Many staff members attend courses. The taxi drivers demonstrate the highest activity. They were provided by free of charge online courses. Taxists will be among the first people to meet foreign visitors in the city. The Rio authorities want to make this first meeting decent.
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