2016 Rio Olympic Sports

The 2016 Olympics will start on August 5th, 2016 and will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There will be a total of 28 sports at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The new additions to the Olympic program for this year include Rugby 7s and golf. Kitesurfing will also see its first run at the Olympics taking the place of windsurfing under the sailing sports category to give three new events for the 2016 edition of the Olympic Games. If you are looking for the high level schedule of the Olympics to help you plan out following the action, we have it posted here to enjoy. Let the Games begin!

Olympic Cycling

2016 Olympic Sports

1. Aquatics

Sports: Swimming, Diving and Synchronized swimming, Water polo
There has been some type of aquatics event at the Olympics since 1896. Swimming has been one of only five events held since 1896 to go along with fencing, gymnastics, cycling, athletics, and gymnastics. For the 2016 Olympics there will be a total of 16 swimming events. These include the following events for both men and women:
backstroke: 100m and 200m
breaststroke: 100m and 200m
butterfly: 100m and 200m
freestyle: 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m and 1500m
freestyle relay: 4 x 100m, 4 x 200m
medley relay: 4 x 100m
medley: 200m, 400m
There are several events that fall under diving in the 2016 games. The diving events include the 10 M platform and 3M springboard.
Synchronized Swimming:
Synchronized swimming first became a popular sport in the 1930s, and it made its first appearance at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. For 2016, there will be both team and duet events.
Water Polo
Water Polo made its first appearance at the Olympics during the Paris Olympics in 1900. Women’s water polo first made an appearance during the 2000 Sydney Olympic games.


Archery first made an appearance at the 1900 Paris Games. After being a regular Olympic event for several more games, it would leave the Olympic program for more than 50 years, and it came back during the 1972 Olympics in Munich and has been a recurring Olympic event since. There have been both men’s and women’s archery events since 1988.

3. Badminton

Badminton was first held as a demonstration sport during the 1972 Munich Olympics. It went away for a few cycles, and came back during the 1988 Olympics as an exhibition sport again. The sport would obtain status as a regular Olympic sport during the 1992 Barcelona games and has been an Olympic sport since then. During the Atlanta games in 1996 a mixed doubles event was added to the program.

4. Basketball

Basketball made its first appearance as an Olympic sport during the 1936 Berlin games and has been on the program since that year. The women’s competition was added to the mix in 1976.

5. Boxing

The sport of boxing made its Olympic debut during the 1904 St. Louis Games and has been held during the Olympics since. Rio 2016 will be the most recent edition of the Olympics to feature boxing as a major sport.

6. Canoe / Kayak

The Canoe and Kayak races at the Olympics are held on calm water with the various teams assigned to their own lanes for sprint events, and there are also slalom events. For each sport, there are singles, doubles, and four boat events. There are been different sprint events held during the Olympics since the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

7. Cycling

Cycling has been a core Olympic sport since 1896. Over this time, there have been a number of cycling events added to the program with others dropped such as the Tandem event. There are now four cycling disciplines included in Olympic cycling to include BMX, mountain-bike, road cycling, and track cycling. The 18 events that will be part of the 2016 RIO Olympics include:
Here are the 18 cycling event that are currently part of the Olympic program.
Track events:
1000m Sprint Men, from 1906 to date
1000m Sprint Women — 1988 to date
Team Pursuit Men — 1908, 1920 to date
Team Pursuit Women — 2012 to date
Keirin Men — 2000 to date
Keirin Women — 2012 to date
Omnium Men — 2012 to date
Omnium Women — 2012 to date
Team sprint Men — 2000 to date
Team sprint Women — 2012 to date
Road events:
Individual Road Race Men — 1896 to date
Individual Road Race Women — 1984 to date
Individual Road Time Trial Men — 1996 to date
Individual Road Time Trial Women — 1996 to date
Mountain Bike events:
Cross-country Men — 1996 to date
Cross-country Women — 1996 to date
BMX events ◦BMX Individual Men — 2008 to date
BMX Individual Women — 2008 to date

8. Equestrian

Equestrian events have been part of the Olympics since 1900. Show jumping was first introduced during these games, and the tree-day eventing and dressage were introduced during the 1912 Olympics.

9. Fencing

Fencing is one of the five events that have been part of the Olympics since 19896. There are three types of weapon used today in the events: the Foil, Épée and Sabre. There are five total medal events for men and women to include: individual sabre, individual épée, team épée, individual foil, team foil, individual épée, team épée, individual sabre, team sabre, and individual foil.

10. Football (Soccer)

Olympic football (soccer) was first added as a men’s sport to the Olympics in 1900. Women’s football (soccer) was added for the first time in 1996. Unlike some of the other Olympic events, football restricts the men’s competition to players who are 23 years old and under with a maximum of three who are over 23. Women’s soccer does not have an age restriction.

11. Golf

Golf has be added back to the Olympics for 2016. The last time the event was part of the games was 1904.
In August 2009, the IOC voted on which two sports to add to the program in 2016, with golf being selected along with Rugby. There will be both a men’s and women’s competition in 2016 in Rio. The last time golf was played at the Olympics was in 1904.

12. Gymnastics

Gymnastics is one of five events that have been held during the Olympics since 1896. The separate disciplines at Rio 2016 are: artistic, trampoline, and rhythmic.

13. Handball

Handball was first introduced in the Olympics in 1936 in Berlin. It was dropped until 1972, and the women’s edition of the sport debuted during the 1976 Olympics.

14. Field Hockey

Hockey is just not for the Winter Olympics. Field hockey was first introduced as an Olympic sport during the 1908 London games. It was removed in 2914, and then returned in 1928 and will be played during the 2016 Rio games.

15. Judo

Judo was first introduced as an Olympic sport during the 1964 Tokyo games. It took a cycle off in 1968 and was brought back in 1972. Women’s judo became an official Olympic sport during the 1992 Barcelona games.

16. Modern Pentathlon

The modern pentathlon has been part of the Olympics since the 1912 Stockholm games. It was originally created by French baron Pierre de Coubertin who was the founder of the modern Olympic movement. The specific events held during the pentathlon include: fencing, swimming – 200m swim, with points allocated depending on the time, horse riding – show jumping, and combined running and shooting . The first competitor to cross the finish line in the event wins overall first place and the gold medal.

17. Rowing

Rowing was actually scheduled during the 1896 Olympics, but it was cancelled due to poor weather. It has been included since then with Women’s events starting to be included during the 1976 Montreal Olympics. There will be 14 rowing events during the Rio 2016 schedule to include:
Men: quad sculls, double sculls, single sculls, eight, coxless four, coxless pair, Lightweight Men: coxless four, and double sculls.
Women: quad sculls, double sculls, single sculls, eight, and coxless pair, Lightweight Women: double sculls.

18. Rugby 7s

Ruby 7’s was added to the 2016 Olympics despite not being played in the games since 1924. The faster-paced, Rugby 7’s was selected for the current Olympics.

19. Sailing

Sailing was one of the original Olympic sports. The events were cancelled in 1896 due to weather, and have been included in the games since 1908. The events schedule for 2016 Rio include:
Men’s Sailing:
RS:X – windsurf
Laser – one-person dinghy
Finn – heavyweight one-person dinghy
470 – two-person dinghy
49er – skiff
Women’s Sailing:
RS:X – windsurf
Laser Radial – one-person dinghy
470 – two-person dinghy
49er FX – skiff
Mixed Sailing:
Nacra 17 – multihull

Olympic sailing

20. Shooting

Shooting is one of the most long standing events to be part of the Olympics. The current shooting events planned for Rio 2016 include:
Pistol class
10m air pistol (men and women)
25m rapid-fire pistol (men)
25m pistol (women)
50m pistol (men)
Rifle class
10m air rifle (men and women)
50m rifle prone (men)
50m rifle three positions (men and women)
Shotgun class
Trap (men and women)
Double trap (men)
Skeet (men and women)

21. Table Tennis

The table tennis sport has been part of the Summer Olympics since 1988. There are both men’s and women’s singles and doubles games during the games.

22. Taekwondo

Taekwondo was first competed as a demonstration event during the 1988 Olympics, and it became an official event during the 2000 Games.

23. Tennis

Tennis was originally played at the Olympics through 1924 and took a break until 1988. During Rio 2016, there will be both a men’s and women’s singles and double’s event. Starting in 2012, there has also been a mixed doubles event.

24. Track & Field

Track and Field (or Athletics) has been one of only five sports played at every Olympics since 1896. The track events that have been played during all of the Games since then include: – 100 m, 400 m, 800 m, 1,500 m, 110 m hurdles, marathon, high jump, pole vault, long jump, triple jump, shot put, and discus throw. The events scheduled for Rio 2016 include: Sprints, Sprint Relays, Hurdles, Middle Distance, Long Distance, Steeplechase, Walks, Marathon, High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Pole Vault, Javelin, Discus, Shot Put, Hammer Throw, Decathlon, and the Heptathlon.

25. Triathlon

The Triathlon event was first added as an official Olympic contest during the 2000 Sydney games. The distances used for the Olympic event are a 10 KM run, 1.5 KM swim, and a 40 KM cycle. The Triathlon has both men’s and women’s events.

26/27. Beach Volleyball / Volleyball

Volleyball was first played as a demonstration sport during the 1924 Olympics. It has officially been part of the Olympics since the 1964 Games. Today, there is both traditional and beach volleyball events during the Olympics. Beach volleyball was first introduced during the 1996 Atlanta Games as an official sport.

Olympic sailing

28. Weightlifting

Weightlifting is one of the most traditional Olympic sports The only years that the sport has not been held during the Games were 1900, 1908, and 1912.