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Rio 2016 - The festival of sport

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4 August 2016 | Lifestyle

This August, the world will be watching as 10,000 athletes compete over 300 events in 28 different sports at the 31st Olympic games held in Rio de Janeiro.

World records will be broken, heroes will be made and history will be created as over 200 million people watch on from afar.

Here, we look at some of the main talking points heading into this month's games.

On your marks

The opening ceremony will be hosted in Rio's famous Maracana stadium on Friday 5th August, the venue which played host to the FIFA World Cup final in 2014.

By the time the opening ceremony has taken place, the Olympic football tournament and archery heats will have already begun.

Over the next three weeks, athletes will compete in a total of 28 sports, with the finals of the volleyball and wrestling events marking the end of the Games.

The closing ceremony will end the sporting carnival on Sunday 21st August, again at the Maracana stadium.

Get set

How will the UK viewers be able to watch their favourite sports or athletes compete this summer?

The time in Rio will be four hours behind BST, so there'll be a fair few late nights for UK residents looking to watch the entirety of the day's coverage.

Competition will run until 4am UK time for the majority of the games, so be sure to set your TV planner to record those not-to-be-missed races.


So how many different events can you watch in three weeks? All of the usual favourites are included at Rio, and this year's Games will include Olympic golf for the very first time.

For high-octane viewing, tune in for the BMX cycling event, which is extreme and adrenaline-fuelled in equal measure.

As for the Brits, the likes of Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford will all be aiming to retain their Olympic champion titles.

And, of course, there's a certain Jamaican by the name of Usain Bolt who is set to light up the track this summer.

Watch: View the BBC's event schedule and day-to-day schedule.


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