Saturday, August 6, 2016
The 2016 Summer Olympics officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, and commonly known as Rio 2016, is a major international multi-sport event in the tradition of the Olympic Games as governed by the International Olympic Committee, being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The host city of Rio de Janeiro was announced at the 121st IOC Session held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 2 October 2009. Rio will become the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics. Opening rounds in certain events began on 3rd August 2016—two days before the opening ceremony, and the Games will formally run from 5th August to 21st August 2016.
Vinicius and Tom are the official mascots for the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics respectively in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Vinicius, named after Brazilian lyricist Vinicius de Moraes, is the Olympic mascot. Vinicius's design represents Brazilian wildlife, combining "the agility of cats, sway of monkeys and grace of birds." The character's arms and legs can stretch unlimited distances. Tom, named after the musician Tom Jobim, is the Paralympic mascot. Tom's design represents the plants of Brazilian forests; any object can be pulled out of the leaves on Tom's head.
A record number of countries are participating in a record number of sports. More than 11,000 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), including first time entrants Kosovo and South Sudan, are scheduled to take part. With 306 sets of medals, the games will feature 28 Olympic sports—including rugby sevens and golf, which were added by the International Olympic Committee in 2009. These sporting events will take place at 33 venues in the host city and at five venues in the cities of São Paulo (Brazil's largest city), Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília (Brazil's capital), and Manaus.
More than 120 athletes from India are participating in Rio Olympic Games. The men's hockey teams have given a shine to India's Olympic campaigns, with eight gold medals won between Amsterdam 1928 and Moscow 1980. In all, India has 24 medals (nine golds, four silvers and 11 bronzes) from 23 editions since Paris 1900.
A Set of four Commemorative Stamps and Miniature Sheet on Rio Olympic Games were released by Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha and MoS Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Vijay Goel on 5th August 2016 at the function held at Banquet Hall of Ashok Hotel in New Delhi. Shri B. V. Sudhakar, Secretary (Posts), Ministry of Communications and Rajiv Yadav, Secretary, (Sports), Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports were also present on the occasion.
6 Sheetlets are also issued which will only be available at ePost Office Portal in a Pack priced Rs 2200. The pack contains 6 sheetlets, 1 Miniature sheet, 1 FDC and 1 brochure. Face value of the material in the pack is Rs 1570.