Opening Ceremony For 2016 Olympic Games To Be Held Tonight In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tonight’s opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympic Games will be watched by over 70,000 fans and athletes at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Millions more will be watching on television.
Officials said this will be the first time the Olympic Games will be held in South America. The ceremony will begin with the “Parade of Nations” which will be followed by a show afterward.
“The ceremony’s organizers have prepared a thrilling show brimming with light, samba and spectacular sets, and showcasing all the diversity and energy of Brazil,” according to a statement from Olympic officials. “As well as promoting peace and tolerance, the ceremony will also feature a call for everyone around the world to save the planet from climate change.”
The 2016 Olympic Games will run for two weeks and end on August 21st.
This year’s summer games will include the following sporting events in alphabetical order:
Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe (Slalom, Sprint), Cycling (BMX, Mountain Bike, Road, Track), Diving, Equestrian (Dressage, Eventing, Jumping), Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics (Artistic, Rhythmic), Handball, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Trampoline, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting and Wrestling (Freestyle, Greco-Roman).
Athletes from 207 countries will be competing.