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Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Rio 2016 logo.svg
Official logo of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Motto Live your passion
(Portuguese: Viva sua paix√£o)

The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad was a major international sports and cultural event from 5 August 2016, to 21 August. The host city was Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 2016 Summer Paralympic Games will also be held in the same city and organized by the same organizing committee.

Possible host cities

Bids for the 2016 Summer Olympics
Map showing location of cities bidding for the Games (click on the map to see more detail)

The bidding process for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games began on May 16, 2007. Each city had to submit an initial application to the IOC before September 13, 2007, saying they plan to make a bid. Completed official bids were submitted by each applicant city by January 14, 2008. The final candidate cities were shortlisted in June 2008, and the final selection was made by the full IOC membership, on October 2, 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Americas

Asia

Europe

Applicant cities

In June 2008, these cities were not chosen to continue:

Asia

Europe

Sports

  • Aquatics
    • Diving (8)
    • Swimming (34)
    • Synchronized swimming (2)
    • Water polo (2)
  • Archery (4)
  • Athletics (47)
  • Badminton (5)
  • Basketball (2)
  • Boxing (13)
  • Canoeing
    • Slalom (4)
    • Sprint (12)
  • Cycling
    • BMX (2)
    • Mountain biking (2)
    • Road (4)
    • Track (10)
  • Equestrian
    • Dressage (2)
    • Eventing (2)
    • Jumping (2)
  • Fencing (10)
  • Field hockey (2)
  • Football (2)
  • Golf (2)
  • Gymnastics
    • Artistic (14)
    • Rhythmic (2)
    • Trampoline (2)
  • Handball (2)
  • Judo (14)
  • Modern pentathlon (2)
  • Rowing (14)
  • Rugby sevens (2)
  • Sailing (10)
  • Shooting (15)
  • Table tennis (4)
  • Taekwondo (8)
  • Tennis (5)
  • Triathlon (2)
  • Volleyball
    • Volleyball (2)
    • Beach volleyball (2)
  • Weightlifting (15)
  • Wrestling
    • Freestyle (12)
    • Greco-Roman (6)

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