The next Summer Olympics will be held in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Summer Olympics 2016 is also called as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. The event of Summer Olympics is scheduled to be held from August 5 to 21, 2016. However, the same city will also organize Summer Paralympics 2016 from September 7 to 18. The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be the first edition held in Brazil. The bidding process for the Summer Olympics 2016 was officially launched on May 16, 2007. However, four candidate cities including Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo were chosen for the shortlist on June 4, 2008. But Rio de Janeiro was announced as host, becoming the first city in South America to host an Olympic games. Read on to know more about Summer Olympics.
The venues in which the Summer Olympic 2016 will be held are Copacabana Beach, Maracana, Deodoro and Barra da Tijuca. Apart from Maracana Stadium, the football match will take place in Salvador, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizoonte and Brasilia National Stadium. The Summer Olympic 2016 will feature 28 sports and a total of 38 disciplines. There were two open spots for sports and initially seven sports began the bidding for inclusion in the 2016 program. The games which will include in the upcoming events in Summer Olympics 2016 are Karate, squash, golf, roller sports and rugby sevens. However, leaders of the seven sports held presentations in front of the IOC executive board in June 2009.
In August 2009, the executive board initially approved the rugby sevens. However, a new system was in place in 121st IOC session, a sport now needs only a simple majority from the full IOC for approval rather than the two-thirds majority previously required. Moreover, the other 26 sports were also confirmed with a big majority of the votes. However, since the award of the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro, the city's crime problems have gotten more attention. Rio's mayor presented the crime issues to the IOC throughout the bidding process. The IOC, however, has expressed optimism with allowing the city and the nation of Brazil to address these concerns.