The 10 Most Popular Events of the Summer Olympic Games

By Halal Trip | 02, Aug, 2016
The 10 Most Popular Events of the Summer Olympic Games

The Olympic Games 2016 will be held in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil this year, and sports enthusiasts worldwide are getting ready to see their favorite athletes compete. The Rio Olympics 2016 will be taking place from 5th to 21st August and visitors will be coming in from all over the world to experience the event. 


What are the most popular Olympics Sports?

Listed below is a compilation of some of the most popular sports included in the Olympics - with various events ranging from athletics to soccer to swimming to gymnastics.

1. Athletics - Track and Field Events 


At the Rio Olympics 2016, some of the best Olympic events to watch include the 4 x 100m relay, 100m sprint, high jump, pole vault and javelin throw. These sporting events are some of the most watched Olympic events that have still remained popular throughout the years with viewers and spectators alike. These events will be held within the last 10 days of the Olympics. Top athletes Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, including Muslim Olympic athletes Mo Farah and HabibaGhribi will be participating in the Olympic Games 2016.

2. Football / Soccer

As one of the world’s best loved sports and Brazil’s national sport, it is hardly any surprise that football is one of the most popular events at the Olympic Games. Both the men’s and women’s football events are greatly anticipated this year. Matches will be held in five cities which are São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Salvador, and Manaus apart from Rio.

3. Volleyball

Both indoor and beach volleyball tournaments are interesting sporting events that have become some of top summer Olympic sports. This sport is also a favorite in Brazil next to football. The beach volleyball tournament will be held in Copacabana Beach and the indoor tournament will be held in Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Maracana.

4. Modern Pentathlon

This event includes five sporting events - fencing, swimming, horse riding, shooting and running all taking place within one day. This action packed, unusual event makes it one of the most watched Olympic events.

5. Swimming 

This particular sport is one of the most popular events at the Olympic Games. There are 16 events which include relays and events in four strokes - breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle and backstroke. American swimmers Michael Phelps and Missy Frankilin including Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson will be participating at the Rio Olympics 2016.

6. Synchronized Swimming

Synchronized swimming consists of water gymnastics being performed to music. This event has achieved its place as one of most watched Olympic events. Synchronized swimming is complete with graceful movements, coordination and rhythm that is beautiful to watch.

7. Tennis

Another favorite sport that is enjoyed by many. The tennis tournaments will be taking place from 6th to 14th August 2016 where top tennis players Serena Williams and Novak Djokovik will be participating in one of the most popular events at the Olympic Games.

8. Gymnastics

The trampolining, artistic and rhythm gymnastic events will be taking place from 6th to 21st August 2016 and just might be one of most watched Olympic events. Simone Biles and Oksana Chusovitina are two gymnasts to watch out for. 

9. Rowing

Rowing tournament is set to take place from 6th to 13th August 2016 in Copacabana. This one of the oldest and traditional sporting events, and there will be eight events for men and six for women at the Summer Olympics 2016.

10. Cycling

Cycling events are scheduled from 6th to 21st August 2016 at the Summer Olympics 2016. There are four exciting sporting events to watch – track, road, mountain and BMX cycling and are the most popular events at the Olympic Games.

Prayer facilities at Rio Olympics 2016

There is a multi-faith centre located in the athlete’s village with separate prayer rooms for men and women. Muslim travelers can also find Mosques in Rio Janeiro such as SociedadeBeneficenteMuçulmana which is a mosque and community centre, and The Mesquite da Luz.

Halal food at Rio Olympics 2016

Finding Halal food will be hard in Rio, however, Brazil is well known for exporting Halal meat. Muslim travelers should confirm their queries with restaurant staff to make sure the food is Halal and contains no pork or alcohol. Muslim travelers can also order vegetarian or seafood items on the menu instead of meat just to be sure.

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