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Everything you NEED to know about the Rio Olympics before it begins

Everything you NEED to know about the Rio Olympics before it begins

We’re off to Brazilia!

Well, not really but you can bet that we will be glued to our screens from here on out because the 2016 Olympics is set to get underway Friday 5th of August 2016.

And with more than 10,000 athletes from over 206 countries around the world competing across 306 events, there is certainly a lot to keep us busy.

But if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all, Ding is here to give you a total lowdown of the games just in time for the opening ceremony (which will no doubt be magnificent).

Where is it?

Rio de Janeiro is set to host the games and is the first South American country to do so having won the bid in 2009.

Events will take place across four regions in the Brazilian city : Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracana.

Maracana, who boasts the largest stadium, will host the hotly anticipated opening and closing ceremonies.

When does it start?

The opening ceremony will kick proceedings off on Friday 5 August at 8pm Rio time.

Events will run for the duration of two weeks before the official concluding ceremony on August 21 (which will undoubtedly leave us all sitting around and waiting for 2020). 

What to watch?

Whether you are all about the football, are gunning for the hurdles or are a swimming person through and through, there are some events which are certainly commanding people’s attention this year.

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt has a lot to prove after being given a medical exemption by officials to compete in Rio after sustaining an injury during the trials. All eyes will surely be on the six-time gold medallist during the exciting athletic events as he attempts to go for a seventh. His races take place on the 13th, 16th and 18th of August.

Eyes are also on the Trinidad and Tobago women’s team who are under pressure to take home the first gold medal at the 4x100m relay for the first time in T&T’s history. Their first qualifying race takes place on Thursday, 18th.

Many will also be watching US swimmer Michael Phelps who has come out of retirement at the age of 31 to add to his already impressive medal tally. At 18 gold medals, he will be diving into action on the 8th, 10th and 11th of August.

The Brazilian team will also try to rectify proceedings from the World Cup by going hell-for-leather in the football events, meanwhile one of Mexico’s five boxing champions are looking to take home gold.

India’s men’s hockey team are looking to up the impressive tally of previous teams who have won 11 medals in 12 Olympics. No pressure so!

 Staying connected

Know someone heading to the games? Need to get in touch with someone in Brazil? Maybe you have loved one in Rio you would love to chat to? 

This is where Ding can really help. We’re working with reliable operators in Brazil such as TIM Mobil to make sure you can keep in touch with the right people during this year’s Olympics.

So why not take a peek at our recharge page and send recharge to someone in Brazil today, just in time for the first event.

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