Rio Olympics 2016: Games set for opening ceremony

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The Rio Olympics 2016 Games officially start in Rio on Friday with the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MARCH 23: In this handout image provided by Rio 2016, Olympic mascot, Vinicius, rides from the top of the Sugarloaf cable on March 23, 2015 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro celebrates 500 days to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the first to be staged in South America (Photo by Alex Ferro/Rio 2016 via Getty Images)

Athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team are in Brazil to compete in 28 sports and be watched by a global audience of billions.

The build-up has been dominated by a Russian doping scandal, the Zika virus and issues with the city’s security, infrastructure and venues.

But it is time for the sporting action to take centre stage.

The 2016 Summer Olympic program features 28 sports and a total of 41 disciplines and 306 events.

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  • Aquatics
    • Diving (8)
    • Swimming (34)
    • Synchronized swimming (2)
    • Water polo (2)

 

 

 

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  • Archery (4)
  • Athletics (47)
  • Badminton (5)
  • Basketball (2)
  • Boxing (13)

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  • Canoeing
    • Slalom (4)
    • Sprint (12)

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  • Cycling
    • BMX (2)
    • Mountain biking (2)
    • Road (4)
    • Track (10)

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  • Equestrian
    • Dressage (2)
    • Eventing (2)
    • Jumping (2)
  • Fencing (10)
  • Field hockey (2)
  • Football (2)
  • Golf (2)

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  • 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)

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  • Wrestling
    • Freestyle (12)
    • Greco-Roman (6)

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