Rio Olympics By the Numbers

Olympics by the numbers
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The 31st Olympic Games are just around the corner, set to begin on the 5th of August in Rio de Janeiro. Over the course of 19 days, a total of 306 events will take place with more than 10,500 athletes competing for medals against the backdrop of one of the world's most beautiful cities.

Here is a list of fun facts about the 2016 Olympic Games in numbers:

  • This will be the 1st Olympic Games to take place in South America, in Brazil's most famous city, Rio de Janeiro. Back in 2009, Brazil won the bid to host the Summer Olympic Games.
  • After August 2016, Africa will be the only continent left that has never hosted the Olympic Games.
  • As the second most populous municipality in Brazil, Rio de Janiero is home to 6.5 million people. Approximately 1.2 million people live in or around 600 favelas, or slum areas. Slum tourism has become increasingly popular over the years, and Rio has the most slum tours of any city in Brazil. 
  • 306 sporting events will be held at the Olympic Games over 19 days, from August 5 to 21. The Paralympics will take place from September 7 to 18.
  • In preparation for the Games, more than $14 billion was allocated for infrastructure improvements in Rio de Janeiro. While some existing venues were renovated for the Games, many new structures were built to house the sporting events. The port area was revitalized for the Museum of Tomorrow and an entertainment area during the Olympics.
  • The Games will be held at 32 Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro, divided into 4 zones: Barra, Deodoro, Copacabana and Maracanã.
  • Soccer is the only sport that will occur outside Rio. There will be 5 soccer co-host cities: Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Manaus, Salvador and São Paulo.
  • Both the Olympics opening ceremony as well as the closing ceremony will take place on the Maracanã Stadium (Estádio do Maracanã). With a capacity of almost 79,000 spectators, it is the largest stadium in Brazil and the 2nd largest in South America.
  • More than 12,000 volunteers will perform in the Opening and Closing ceremonies.
  • The majority of events will be performed at the Olympic Park, which includes 9 stadiums in the neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca. Building it cost almost 5 billion dollars of private and public funds.
  • Approximately 10,500 athletes from around the world will compete in 42 Olympic sports. Rio 2016 marks the debut of 2 new sports: rugby sevens and golf, which is making its return after 112 years.
  • There will be 136 medals for women and 161 for men. Gold medals were made from gold that extracted without the use of mercury, and the silver and bronze medals were made from 30% recycled materials.
  • Athletes from 206 countries around the world will participate in the Games. Eight athletes from Kosovo will attend their first Olympics. Athletes from South Sudan will also be making their debut. However, some athletes decided not to attend the Games for various reasons, including concern over the Zika virus.
  • One team of refugees will for the first time be competing under the Olympic flag: 5 runners from South Sudan, 2 swimmers from Syria, 2 judokas from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and 1 marathon runner from Ethiopia.
  • Organizers claim that the athletes' village is the largest in Olympic history. It consists of 31 apartment buildings with 3,604 apartments.
  • The 21,000 square meter big dining hall in the athletes' village will be serving more than 60,000 meals per day during the Games, round-the-clock.
  • More than 130,000 people will work directly in Rio 2016.
  • 7.5 million tickets were up for sale. 70% of tickets for the Olympic Games and 55% of tickets for the Paralympics Games have already been sold, with organizers expecting to sell all the tickets by the time the Games begin.
  • The Games will require a staggering amount of equipment, including around 32,000 tennis balls, 400 soccer balls, 250 golf carts and 54 boats.
  • The government has assigned 85,000 military and police personnel to protect attendants.
  • Between 300,000 and 500,000 international tourists are expected to visit for the Games. According to the World Tourism Organization, this influx of visitors should result in $1.7 billion for Brazil's economy.