POSTED: March 24th 2015

500 days to go to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Vinicius, the Olympic mascot, hopped on the top of the Sugarloaf gondola to spread the news around the city ©RIO2016
Vinicius, the Olympic mascot, hopped on the top of the Sugarloaf gondola to spread the news around the city ©RIO2016

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The daily competition schedule for the Rio 2016 Games has been released by local organizers to celebrate the 500 days to go mark until the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Fans will now be able to get a head start on making plans around the Game program, ahead of tickets going on sale. Rio's website launched a 500-days-to-go page, and everyone can join in by using the hashtags #500days, #nowitshere, and #RioOlympicDNA. The 2016 Games first set of commemorative Games' stamps were also launched in celebration.

The Olympic Games in Rio will officially start on August 5, 2016, starting with the Opening Ceremony at the Maracana Stadium, even though the football tournament will begin two days prior. On August 6th, six sporting disciplines will get underway and all 28 sports will hold their competitions throughout the 16 days before the end of the Games. The Closing Ceremony will mark the end of the Games on August 21st. The full competition schedule will be published on March 31st, with specific session times. This is the same day that Brazilian residents can begin purchasing tickets. Those fans outside Brazil, who are looking to buy tickets, can find more information at

In addition, the presentation for the first Rio 2016 commemorative postage stamps took place today. It featured 10 designs, which represented Paralympic athletes and nine Olympic sports that included: aquatics, archery, basketball, cycling, badminton, rugby, rowing, wrestling, and weightlifting. The full collection will end up featuring 31 different designs, all reflecting Rio 2016 as the host of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. The background is formed by Rio 2016's "Look of the Games" and features athletes from each sport in motion. 

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games will run from August 5th through the 21st of 2016 and will have 28 sports on the program.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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