5 Talking Points Ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

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The 2016 Summer Olympic Games will take place from August 5th to 21st in Rio de Janeiro (and if you haven’t already, click here to discover our complete guide to Rio). This will be the first ever edition to be held in South America, with a staggering 10,500 athletes from 205 countries participating in 306 competitions across 42 different sports.

Ahead of the games, Savoir Flair has compiled a few talking points that will interest everyone – from die-hard fans to those barely batting an eye at the upcoming summer-sports extravaganza and everyone in between.

1

This year, the slogan of the Olympic Games is 'Viva Sua Paixão' or 'Live Your Passion'.

2

There will be 13 athletes representing the UAE in the games across swimming, shooting, cycling, judo, weightlifting, and athletics.

3

A "refugee team" will compete for the first time in Olympic history. Ten athletes for #TeamRefugee were picked by the International Olympic Committee – two Syrian swimmers, five South Sudanese track runners, two judokas from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and one Ethiopian marathon runner.

4

The total cost of the Olympic Games will add up to BRL 37.6 billion (or approximately AED 42.3 billion).

5

The Rio 2016 Organizing Committee offered the city's taxi drivers a chance to sign up for four months' worth of free English lessons prior to the games to make for easier interaction with fans.

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