Sport Rio 2016 Olympics

Tuesday 20 February 2018

32k tennis balls, Michael Phelps' 18 gold medals and two new sports... it's the Rio Olympics by the numbers

Michael Phelps.
Michael Phelps.

The eyes of the sporting world will be on Brazil next month when the Olympic Games takes place in Rio.

Here, we look at the event in numbers:

19 - Days for which it runs, from August 3 to 21 (including the football competition, which begins two days before the opening ceremony)

37 - Venues set to host the action - 32 in Rio de Janeiro, plus five football co-host cities: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador and Sao Paulo

206 - National Olympic Committees (countries) set to be represented at the Games

42 - Sport disciplines that will take place

Two - Sports new to this year's programme - golf, which was last at the Olympics in 1904, and rugby sevens

2,102 - The total number of gold, silver and bronze medals that will be awarded

22 - The medal haul of 31-year-old American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time who is set to compete at his fifth Games this summer

18 - The number of Phelps' Olympic medals that are gold

43 - The age of sailor Robert Scheidt, who will be the oldest member of Brazil's Olympic team and also its most decorated. Scheidt has won a medal at each of the five Olympics he has competed in, clinching gold in Atlanta 20 years ago and in Athens in 2004.

32,000 - The estimated amount of tennis balls the Games will make use of, along with 8,400 shuttlecocks and 400 footballs

80,000 - The estimated number of chairs that will be in the athletes' village, as well as 70,000 tables, 60,000 clothes hangers, 29,000 mattresses and 6,000 television sets

(Statistics source:, the official website for this summer's Olympics)

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