History will be made in 2016 when Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosts the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, marking the first time that a South American country will welcome the world to an Olympic Games. It is also just the third time that the Games will be held in the southern hemisphere, following Melbourne 1956 and Sydney 2000.
Rugby Sevens is a fast-paced, exciting variant of traditional Rugby in which teams are made up of seven players, instead of the usual fifteen-a-side. The game consists of two seven-minute halves and is played on the same size field with many of the rules consistent with its predecessor. Sevens is a game that requires speed, skill, and strength and is played by rugby’s fastest and fittest athletes, both male and female.
The first Games of the modern era were held from April 6 to April 15, attended by 14 countries, 241 athletes (none of which were women) and consisted of 43 events. On April 6, American James Connolly won the triple jump to become the first Olympic champion in more than 1500 years.
Chicago was initially named the host city of the 1904 Olympic Games, however St. Louis had already scheduled a World’s Fair to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the purchase of the Louisiana territory from France. After the organizers of that Louisiana Purchase Exposition threatened to stage a competing international sports tournament, the IOC decided to move the Olympic Games to St. Louis.
These Olympic Games were originally awarded to Rome, but reassigned to London. The Games marked the first appearance of diving and field hockey. At the Opening Ceremony, the athletes marched into the stadium by nation, as most countries sent selected national teams.