2016 Rio Olympics; IOC Unveils Medals for Rio Games

Rio medals for Olympics

The International Olympic Committee yesterday unveiled the medals for the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

According to the official Rio 2016 website, the design features “the traditional laurel wreath on the faces of the medals, representing the relationship between the strengths of Olympic heroes and the forces of nature.”

As per Olympic and Paralympic tradition, one side of the medals features Nike, Greek Goddess of Victory with the Panathinaiko Stadium and the Acropolis in the background.

A total of 2,488 medals have been created for the Games which get under way on August 5 (August 6 EST), including 812 gold, 812 silver and 864 bronze.

Rio Olympics medals

It comes as International Olympic Committee (IOC) head Thomas Bach makes his first visit to Brazil this year, during which he met with the host nation’s interim President, Michel Temer.

It marked the first face-to-face meeting between the pair since Temer replaced the suspended Dilma Rousseff last month, although they have spoken on the phone.

Bach claimed that the Games are a “moment of unity” and that political issues should not interfere with a celebration of sport.

Golfers will compete for gold, silver and bronze for the first time in 112 years.

A total of 120 golfers (60 men and 60 women) will qualify for the 72-hole stroke-play tournaments to be held at a Gil Hanse-designed course in the Barra da Tijuca on August 11-14 and August 17-20.

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