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.

Medals for the Games in Rio from recycled materials

The Brazilian Mint will produce the objects most desired by the world's top athletes in the next few years – the medals that will be awarded at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Having become an official supplier of Rio 2016, the company has committed to producing 4,924 award medals and 75,000 participation medals for the first edition of the Games to be staged in South America.
“The medals are one of the most important symbols of the Games and we are very pleased that we can count on the Brazilian Mint as our partner in this unique moment in the history of the Brazilian sport,” said Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman.
Made of gold, silver and bronze, the award medals will also include metal derived from recycled electronic equipment, illustrating Rio 2016’s commitment to sustainability.
Conceived by the Rio 2016 design team, the medals will be developed by designers at the Brazilian Mint.
“The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is a very special event and we could not stay out of it,” said Brazilian Mint President Francisco Franco. “We hope most of these medals will be won by Brazilian competitors.”
The Brazilian Mint also produced the award medals for the 2011 Military World Games and 2007 Pan-American Games, which were both held in Rio de Janeiro. For Rio 2016, it will produce the medals, medal ribbons, award diplomas, certificates of authenticity, participation and commemorative certificates, as well as the commemorative medals, which are special collectors’ items.