Everything You Need to Know About the Rio Olympics 2016

Thursday, 4 August 2016  |  Admin

It’s almost that time of the year again when the greatest sporting event in the world returns after 4 years. This time round the Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, one of the largest cities in Brazil. If you’re looking forward to watching some great sports then so are we! We’ve got all the answers to everything you need to know about the Rio Olympics 2016.

When Does It Start?

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This year due to the time differences the start of the Olympics can be a bit confusing. The opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics will be this Friday at 8pm local time. That means for UK viewers the opening ceremony will be starting at midnight our time and is expected to go on for around 4 hours. If you don’t fancy staying up that late on the night then we don't blame you. The ceremony will be available to watch on BBC one from 11:40 pm and will run late into the night. The whole ceremony will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer if you fancy watching it at a more reasonable time.

Although Friday 5th August is the official opening, several football matches will take place on August 3rd and 4th for the men’s and women’s group stages. In addition to this a few of the Archery ranking rounds are scheduled to take place on the Friday morning before the opening ceremony. It seems like there’s so many sports they can barely fit them in!

What Events Are On?

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This time round there will be an impressive 306 events in over 28 sports taking place. From badminton to basketball and boxing to fencing there are certainly a lot of sports to watch.

After the Olympic ceremony the first events will take place on Saturday 6th August. Here are the first few events to look out for.

●6th Saturday 1:30pm Cycling: Men’s Road Race

The men’s road race cycling will take place from 1:30pm on Saturday and will feature a gruelling 241 KM race starting from Fort Copacabana along the coast. Be sure to keep an eye out on British cycler, Chris Froome the winner of this year's Tour de France who will be sure to get the crowd cheering.

●7th Sunday 2am Swimming: Men’s 400m

The men’s 400m swimming will take place on Sunday 6th August and will feature Chase Kalisz, America’s new hopeful to win the breaststroke and butterfly events.

●7th Sunday 2am Swimming: Women’s 400m

The women’s 400m swimming will take place at the same time as the men's 400m swimming on 6th August. The two people to look out for are Britain's Fran Halsall and Hannel Miley who will be looking to take home the gold for England.

●8th Monday 2am swimming: Men’s 100m Breaststroke

Following on from the other swimming events the men's 100m breaststroke will take place the day after on Monday 8th at 2am. Be sure to keep an eye out for Britain's Adam Peaty who has won several 100m championships in the past and will be looking to win his first Olympic medal.

●8th Monday 8pm Men’s 10m Platform Synchronised Dive

The men’s 10m synchronised dive will take place on Monday 8th August at 8pm and will feature Britain's hopefuls Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow. Following up from his Bronze medal back in 2012 he will be looking to claim another medal to add to his collection.

If you’re looking forward to the first Olympic medals being handed out then the first awards ceremony will take place on Saturday 6th August in a number of sports. Archery, Road Cycling, Fencing, Judo, Shooting, Swimming and Weightlifting will all have medals awarded to athletes on the Saturday. So if you want to see how your country did but can’t watch all of the events then be sure to tune in to the award ceremonies.

If you want a more detailed view of the schedule then be sure to check the official Rio Olympics website.

How Can I Watch It?

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All the coverage for the Rio 2016 Olympics will be available through the BBC with many of the events being broadcast live on TV while simultaneous events will be available online. If you don‘t have time to watch all the events then don’t worry they will all be made available on BBC iPlayer with several highlights being broadcast every day.

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