Rio 2016

Rio 2016

Rio de Janeiro will be the first Olympic Games to be held in South America. This spectacular city with be the backdrop for the world’s best athletes to compete at this the 31st Summer Olympic Games.

It is a huge task for the city and the venues to be ready for August 2016, however the IOC and Organising Committee know it can be done if not a single day is wasted.  

The world got a taste for the passion and love of sport of the Brazilian people and their ability to stage a wonderful event when they hosted the Football World Cup in June/July 2014. 

The Brazilians are hoping to nearly double their medal total from London 2012. They are hoping to win between 27 and 30 medals after winning 17 in 2012. The local team always gets a big boost as hosts and this will really add to the Games. The Australian Team will be hoping to get a boost from the green and gold of the local fans. 

Maracanã stadium


Rio de Janeiro proposes to stage the Games in four clusters around the city, with most of the venues and the Olympic Village in the western suburbs of Barra de Tijuca.Some venues were built for the Pan American Games. The biggest project will be the Olympic Park, a development that will include the village and sports venues that are supposed to remain as a training center for athletes from South America.

Opening and closing ceremonies will be held in the famous Maracana Stadium was renovated ahead of the 2014 Football World Cup. The budget for infrastructure for the Rio Olympics is $11 billion.

Despite some big concerns over venues not being ready and some areas back-of-house areas for media and VIPs never being completed it was a truly spectacular event that exceeded most people's expectations. The country was left devastated when the host nation was thrashed by Germany 7-1 in the sem-final and then were beaten for third by The Netherlands.

Christ the Redeemer overlooking Maracana

The Winning Bid

In Copenhagen on October 2, 2009, Rio de Janeiro had an overwhelming victory in the host city elections for 2016. The city will be the first South American host in the history of the Games.Chicago with the US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle as part of the presentation were the favourites. But they failed to inspire and to many people's disbelief Chicago went out in the first round of voting only securing 18 of a possible 94. Madrid had 28, Rio 26 and Tokyo 22.

Tokyo, who are the only city to have hosted previously back in 1964, went out in round 2 with 20, while Rio had 46 and Madrid 29. Madrid who went very close to winning the 2016 Games from London secured 32 votes in the final vote with Rio dominating with 66. (Tokyo went on to win the 2020 vote and Madrid were left bitterly disappointed again).

Rio de Janeiro had the enchanting story - of about 400 million sports-mad people on a giant untapped and vibrant continent yearning, hoping, that the Olympics finally might come to them. They confronted the crime problem in Rio head on, promised that with their vibrant economy finance is no problem and stressed it is South America's time - 'It is time to address this imbalance'. At the famous Copacabana beach where beach volleyball will be play 50,000 residents cheered at the result and the partying went for days.

Games Trivia


The mascots of Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games are inspired by the Brazilian fauna and flora. They feature various influences from pop culture, along with elements of animation and computer game characters. The mascots are ambassadors for the Games and play a fundamental role in disseminating the messages of the event and the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements to various target audiences, especially children and young people.

The origin of the Rio 2016 mascots blends fiction and reality. According to the story, on 2 October 2009, when Rio de Janeiro was elected to host the Games, the people’s great joy was felt by nature and from this energy the mascots were born.

Rio 2016 Mascots

The Olympic mascot represents all of the different animals in Brazil. The Paralympic mascot, in turn, is a unique mixture of the Brazilian flora. To create them, the Rio 2016 Organising Committee held a national bidding process. To sign off and ensure the authenticity of the mascot selection process, they invited Anima Mundi Festival directors to be consultants. Birdo Produções, from São Paulo, won the bidding process and created the project.

After the mascots’ unveiling, a poll to decide their names was opened. Everyone can vote for their choice from a shortlist of three pairs of names, one for the Olympic mascot, the other for the Paralympic mascot, respectively. The name choices are Oba and Eba; Tiba Tuque and Esquindim; and Vinicius and Tom. People can vote at as well as on the Rio 2016 Twitter feed (@Rio2016).

“The mascots are one of the most representative symbols of the Games. Their purpose is to delight and engage the audience, particularly the children”, says Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Rio 2016 mascots will have their own website and profiles on social media.




Selected Athletes

Australia's first athletes for the 2016 Australian Olympic Team were announced on 4 June 2015. 

Remarkably the first athletes are siblings Chloe and Max Esposito from the sport of Modern Pentathlon.

Read the Selection Announcement here>>>


Tickets for Rio 2016

Nothing beats being there!!

Rio 2016 tickets and packages available only through CoSport

The Australian Olympic Committee has appointed CoSport as the Authorised  Ticket Reseller for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

CoSport will offer tickets and packages for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to residents of Australia exclusively online. Visit today or contact the CoSport team directly:

CoSport Australia
Address: Suite 304, Level 3, 220 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 
Toll free: +1 800 668 570
International: + 61 2 9241 5500 
Fax: + 61 2 9241 5544

Individual Ticket Request Phase 2 is now open: 9 June 2015 – 16 June 2015

An individual ticket request phase (ballot) is will be open at from 9 June 2015 at 9am (AEST) and close 16 June 2015 at 12 noon (AEST). All orders will be treated equally regardless of when the order is placed and ballot will be conducted where ticket requests are greater than tickets available.

By 25 June 2015 CoSport will confirm with fans which requested tickets have been secured and advise the payment process.

Following the Request Phase, the next opportunity for Australian Olympic fans to purchase tickets for the Games will part of a live sales process where tickets are purchased on a first come, first served basis. The date of the live sales will be provided on

Tickets for Athlete Family and Friends

The Organising Committee Athlete Family and Friends (AFF) Ticket Program will run again after a success program for the London Games. Up to two tickets will be made available for purchase by athletes for each event they participate in (only 1 ticket for swimming). The program details are due to be released by the Organising Committee at the end of 2015. The program details will be provide to each National Sports Federation.

Australian Team will be a force at Rio 2016

The Australian Olympic Committee anticipates sending around 470 athletes to the Rio 2016 Games. If this number of spots are qualified over the coming months it will be the second largest team to represent Australia at an away Games, after the 2004 Team in Athens.

The Benchmarking shows that Australian medal prospects are on the rise and the national IGNITE the dream series has Rio hopefuls excited about being a part of the 2016 Australian Olympic Team. It is expected that the first athletes will be selected by the end of 2015. Keep following the News on this site for the latest information.  

The goals for the Team is for a life best experience for all athletes and officials 

Visit for the latest on Host City Rio’s preparations to welcome the world to their vibrant and spectacular city in August 2016.

Team Behind The Team

With the 2016 Australian Olympic Team anticipated to have 470 athletes there are a lot of experts working behind the scenes to ensure the Australian Team is the best planned and prepared, to perform to their potential and take on the world's best athletes.

Just as the objective of the Team is for success in the competition arena, it is a priority that all athletes and officials have a life best experience at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The dedicated Team of people Behind The Team work across high performance, medical, media & communications, logistics, transport, uniforming, athlete services, finance, IT and much much more. Listed below is the Leadership Group, Sport Team Leaders and Functional Area Directors.  


Kitty Chiller, Chef de Mission

Matt Favier, Deputy Chef de Mission, Performance Excellence

Chris Fydler OAM, Deputy Chef de Mission, Information Services

Fiona de Jong, Deputy Chef de Mission, Planning & Execution 

Danielle Woodward, Deputy Chef de Mission, Copacabana Zone

Sport Team Leaders

Lorinda Rugless - Archery

Simon Nathan - Athletics

Lasse Bundegaard - Badminton

Jonathon Grady - Basketball Men

Tamara Sheperd - Basketball Women

Richard Fox - Canoeing

Andrew Logan - Combat (TKW, JUD, BOX, WRE)

Kevin Tabotta - Cycling

Michael Hetherington - Diving

Chris Webb - Equestrian

Matt Sheppard - Football Men

Vito Basile - Football Women

Ian Baker-Finch - Golf

Adam Sachs - Gymnastics

Andrew Smith - Hockey Men and Women

Peter Ridgeway - Modern Pentathlon

Chris O'Brien - Rowing

Luca Liussi - Rugby Sevens Men

Scott Bowen - Rugby Sevens Women

Peter Conde - Sailing

Tim Mahon - Shooting

Wayne Lomas - Swimming

Julianna Ghazali Bujang - Synchronised Swimming

Scott Houston - Table Tennis

Alicia Molik - Tennis

Bernard Savage - Triathlon

John Boultbee - Volleyball (Indoor & Beach)

Paul Oberman - Water Polo Men

Lynne Morrison - Water Polo Women

N.B. The Fencing and Weightlifting Team Leaders have not yet been appointed. Coaches will be appointed at the time of athlete selection. 


Functional Area Directors

Nick Brown, Director - Performance

James Edwards, Director - Athlete Services

Lauren Fitzgerald, Director - Support Services

David Hughes, Director - Medical

Lisa Sams, Director - Operations

Mike Tancred, Director - Media

Events Calendar

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Sailing - Various World Championships

Various Locations

3 July 2015 - 29 November 2015

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Canoe/Kayak - Slalom; World Cup III

Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia

3 July 2015 - 5 July 2015

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Sailing - NACRA 17 World Championships

Aarhus, Denmark

3 July 2015 - 12 July 2015

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Volleyball - World League R1: Australia vs Serbia

Melbourne, Australia

4 July 2015

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Cycling - Tour de France


4 July 2015 - 26 July 2015

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Volleyball - World League R1: Australia vs Serbia

Canberra, Australia

5 July 2015

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Golf - Open Championships (Men)

St Andrews, Scotland

16 July 2015 - 19 July 2015

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Athletics - Monaco Diamond League


17 July 2015

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Tennis - Davis Cup World Group Quarter-final tie

Darwin, Australia

17 July 2015 - 19 July 2015

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Triathlon - World Triathlon Series

Hamburg, Germany

18 July 2015 - 19 July 2015

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Cycling - BMX UCI World Championships

Zolder, Belgium

21 July 2015 - 26 July 2015

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Cycling - UCI BMX World Championships

Heusden - Zolder, Belgium

21 July 2015 - 25 July 2015

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Athletics - London Diamond League

London, England

24 July 2015

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Diving - 16th FINA World Championships

Kazan, Russia

24 July 2015 - 9 August 2015

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Synchronised Swimming - 16th FINA World Championships

Kazan, Russia

24 July 2015 - 1 August 2015

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Water Polo - 16th FINA World Championships

Kazan, Russia

26 July 2015 - 8 August 2015

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Archery - 2015 World Championships

Copenhagen, Denmark

26 July 2015 - 2 August 2015

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Swimming- 16th FINA World Championships

Kazan, Russia

27 July 2015 - 9 August 2015

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Golf - British Open (women)

Turnberry, Scotland

30 July 2015 - 2 August 2015

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Athletics - Stockholm Diamond League

Stockholm, Sweden

30 July 2015

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Tennis - Davis Cup World Group Quarter-final tie

Darwin, Australia

17 July 2015 - 19 July 2015

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American athlete Eddie Eagan is the only athlete to win gold at a summer and winter Olympics in Heavyweight Boxing (1920) and bobsleigh (1932).