August is finally here meaning the Olympic Games 2016 are just days away.

They will take place in Rio de Janerio, with the opening ceremony being held at the Maracanã Stadium.

We all know the lead up to this year’s Olympic games has been full of problems – from the Zika Virus to Brazil’s worst recession in years, as well as high security threats, a lot has been jeopardising the sporting event this year.

But it’s time to start thinking more positively about the 2016 Olympic Games. With the excitement building up in the final few days before the games commence, here are 17 fun facts about the Rio 2016 Olympics.


1. The First Olympic Games In Latin America

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It’s the first time in history that the Olympic Games will take place in South America. They won their rights over Tokyo, Madrid and Chicago in 2009. It’s also the first time a country, Brazil, has ever hosted two world events back-to-back, with the 2014 World Cup taking place there too.

2. Team Refugees

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Another thing that’s making history this year is the team of refugees that will be participating in the event. The Refugee Olympic Team consists of athletes from the Kakuma camp in Kenya, two swimmers from Syria, two olympians from Congo taking part in judo and one marathoner from Ethiopia. They symbolise hope for all refugees around the world.