Anyone who follows sports knows that the 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro. The anticipation is heating up and Brazil is ready for it. The country has a rich culture that stirs up images of fun-filled beaches and beautiful people parading down the streets in feathers and glitter.
Most people don’t realize, though, that a host city has more than fun-filled activities to offer its myriad of guests. There is much preparation years ahead of time to ensure that not only is a host country able to prove that sports enthusiasts are ready for the time of their lives, but that guest countries are welcomed and are abreast of any new rules for the incoming athletes.
New Rules: Wrestling
There have been changes to the 2016 wrestling rules for women. Two medal classes will be added to the lineup. Extra weight classes will be transferred so that equality will be maintained between the men’s and women’s classes, as the sport of wrestling is concerned about maintaining its place in the 2020 Olympics. The number of athletes will remain unchanged, according to the IOC .
New Rules: Sailing
New boats for the women’s sailing event have been decided. The Mackay FX is introduced as the official boat for the women’s skiff portion of the 2016 Olympics, as stated by the ISAF. These changes will be featured at the Sailing World Cup as well. The limit for teams has been reduced from 16 down to 15, to allow more countries to compete. The change has other countries citing religious reasons, as some don’t allow teams that consist of men and women.
New Rumors: Basketball
Much talk has been made about Olympic basketball featuring players who are 23 years old and younger. The management of ego as well as containing players who are older and may become more easily injured are concerns of many who are vying for the next coaching position of the Olympic Games. Many are speculating if Coach Mike Krzyzewski will step down after the 2016 Games in Rio. Time will tell but apparently many other qualified coaches are ready to step in.
Cycling: No Changes
The IOC has confirmed that no changes to cycling with be made for the 2016 Games. All events will remain the same as they were in the 2012 London Games … for now. The International Cycling Union has asked to add extra events to cycling, although the president of UCI is experiencing a tough battle to retain his rights to remain in his position, which has seemed to have an effect on the decision by the IOC.
There will perhaps be many more changes affecting events in the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics. Sports fans may not know what they will be but they do know that the athletes and coaches will be more than ready to take on their fair share of competing for the gold.