reasons (in numbers!) to go to the Rio 2016 Olympics

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10,500 athletes...

from 206 countries will compete in the Rio Olympic Games 2016.

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And around 4,350 parathletes...

participating in 11 days of competition and representing 179 countries.

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42 sports...

including two new additions, golf and rugby. It took golf 112 years and rugby 92 years to return to the competition.

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Olympic medals will be disputed in 306 events...

with 136 women’s, 9 mixed and 161 men’s medal events.

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And 528 medal events in the Paralympic Games...

with 226 women’s, 38 mixed and 264 men’s medal events.

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8,400 shuttlecocks were ordered...

along with 60,000 hangers and 34,000 beds.

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The Paralympic Games will have 3,142 targets for archery...

as well 6,720 tennis balls and 417 soccer balls.

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7,000 Wi-Fi hotspots will be available throughout the city...

helping to connect the 25,000 journalists expected at the event.

By Livia Scatena
Photos courtesy of Rio 2016 and Shutterstock