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Go to Rio Olympic Games 2016

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What to expect

The Brazilian Government is investing nearly £11 billion in development ahead of the 2016 Rio Games. As Olympic fever starts to diminish in London, we look ahead at Brazil's preparations to become the next hosts of the world's greatest sporting event.

Which events will be held where?

Events will be staged in 34 venues, of which 18 are already operating, nine are new and seven are temporary. They are spread over four districts known as ‘Olympic clusters’: Barra de Tijuva, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracana. Football games will be held in various stadiums outside the city.

Will there be any places for fans without tickets to gather and watch the Games?

Screening locations outside the Olympic park haven’t yet been confirmed, but it’s likely that Rio’s Copacabana Beach, where people gathered as the announcement was made that Rio had won their bid for the Games, will be a popular choice.

Will there be any new sports at the 2016 Games?

Golf is being reintroduced as an Olympic event at the Rio Games, after a gap of 112 years. The sport is very popular in Rio, where it has attracted around 17,000 new players in the last ten years. Rugby Sevens, a variant of rugby union in which teams are made up of 7 players and not 15, will also be part of these Olympics, while windsurfing will be removed from the sailing programme and replaced with kitesurfing. The triathlon will be part of the Paralympic games for the first time ever.

What sport is Brazil best at?

With its proximity to the coast, beach volleyball is a Brazilian favourite and is particularly popular in Rio de Janeiro. In London 2012, Brazilian duo Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego won silver in beach volleyball, while Larissa França and Juliana Felisberta Silva took bronze. Brazil has also taken four medals in London 2012 in judo: one gold and three bronzes.

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