A record number of countries are participating in a record number of sports. More than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), including first time entrants Kosovo and South Sudan, are scheduled to take part.
With 306 sets of medals, the games will feature 28 Olympic Sports — including rugby sevens and golf, which were added by the International Olympic Committee in 2009. These sporting events will take place at 33 venues in the host city and at 5 venues in the cities of Sao Paulo (Brazil's largest city), Belo Horizonte,Salvador, Brasilia (Brazil's capital), and Manaus.
These will be the first Summer Olympic Games under the IOC presidency of Thomas Bach. The host city of Rio de Janeiro was announced at the121st IOC Session, held in Copenhagen on 2 October 2009. Rio will become the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics. These will be the first games to be held in a Portuguese-speaking country, the first to be held entirely during the host country's winter season, the first since 1968 to be held in Latin America, and the first since 2000 (and third overall) to be held in the Southern Hemisphere.
The lead-up to these games have been marked by controversies - including the corruption and instability of the country's federal government, as well as prominent health and safety concerns surrounding the Zika Virus and significant pollution in the Guanabara Bay, as well as a doping scandal that involves Russia, which has affected the participation of its athletes in the Games.
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