The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and as Rio 2016, is a major international multi-sport event due to be celebrated in the tradition of the Olympic Games, as governed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The host city of the Games will be Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, announced at the 121st IOC Session held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 2, 2009. The games will open on August 5, 2016 and the closing ceremony will be on August 21, 2016. There will be 35 competition venues mainly in Barra da Tijuca, but also in three other zones: Copacabana, Deodoro, and Maracanã. It will be the first time a South American and Lusophone city will host the event.

With the closing of the London Games, Rio de Janeiro becomes officially the Olympic city


Last Monday 13 August, the Olympic Flag arrived in Brazil with the President of the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman; the Mayor of the City of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes; and the Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral.  The group was welcomed by four athletes of the 2016 generation at Tom Jobim International Airport. According to the tradition, the flag was received by the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro during the London Games closing ceremony. Next, the London Games Organising Committee officially handed the responsibility for the flag during the next Olympic cycle to the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee. The President of the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, underscored that the arrival of the Olympic flag in the city is an important landmark for Brazilian sports history. “The arrival of the Olympic flag symbolizes new times for sports in the Country. We will work hard to stage excellent Games that will leave a great legacy not only for the city but for the whole country”, he says.