Complete 2016 Olympics Schedule

The complete 2016 Olympics schedule is primed to kick off here as we enter August. Although the official dates of the Rio Games take place between August 5-21, 2016, there will actually be several football (or for the American readers, soccer) games that take place on the days leading up to the start of the Olympics. Rio will be the first Olympics to include Kosovo and South Sudan as competing countries, and there are expected to be more than 10,000 athletes from greater than 200 countries across the world who take part in the Olympics. Brazil has a total of 33 sporting event venues that are located in one of the venue zones over five locations. The cities other than Rio that will be hosting events include: São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília, and Manaus. The 2016 Summer Olympics mark the first time since 1968 that they have been held in Latin America. Our complete schedule shows you the events that will be held on each day of the Olympics below to help plan out your TV or streaming viewing.

Rio 2016 Schedule

When Does the Olympic Torch Relay Take Place?

The Olympic torch relay got started on May 3rd, 2016. The torch will go through more than 300 cities in Brazil to include all of the state capitals after the Greek phase of the relay. The Brazil relay will start in the capitol of Brazil, and it will finish in Rio.

When will the 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony Take Place?

The opening ceremony for the Rio Games will take place in Maracanã Stadium on August 5th. The ceremony takes place after the opening games in football are held on the preceding days. The highly anticipated Olympic Basketball schedule will not kick off until after the opening ceremony takes place and will be shown internationally on a variety of major networks and streamed online. If you are bored before the 2016 Games start, you can also checkout the past broadcasts of the Olympic basketball tournament games.

What Time are Events Held in Brazil?

The local time in Brazil is referred to as BRT which is three hours behind Greenwich mean time (Zulu) and one hour ahead of U.S. Eastern Time. The planners for the game have a number of competitions starting late in the evening (2200/10PM ) to as late as midnight. NBC will be the primary broadcast network for the United States, and they will show all events live with the exception of the opening ceremony that will be shown on a one hour delay in order to allow the producers sufficient time to edit the footage for the network audience.

When does the Olympic Closing Ceremony Take Place?

The closing ceremony for the 2016 Summer Games will be held on August 21st at Maracanã Stadium.

Complete 2016 Olympics Schedule

Date Games/Events
3 August Football
4 August Football
5 August Opening Ceremony at Maracanã
6 August Archery Basketball Beach Volleyball Boxing Cycling – Road Race
Equestrian – Eventing Fencing Football Gymnastics – Artistic
Handball Hockey Judo Rowing Rugby Shooting Swimming
Table Tennis Tennis Volleyball Water Polo Weightlifting
7 August Archery Basketball Beach Volleyball Boxing
Canoe Slalom
Cycling – Road Race Diving Equestrian – Eventing Fencing
Football Gymnastics – Artistic Handball Hockey Judo Rowing
Rugby Shooting Swimming Table Tennis Tennis Volleyball
Weightlifting
8 August Archery Basketball Beach Volleyball Boxing
Canoe Slalom Diving Equestrian – Eventing Fencing
Gymnastics – Artistic Handball Hockey Judo Rowing
Rugby Sailing Shooting Swimming Table Tennis
Tennis Volleyball Water Polo Weightlifting
9 August Archery Basketball Beach Volleyball
Boxing Canoe Slalom Diving Equestrian – Eventing
Fencing Football Gymnastics – Artistic Handball
Hockey Judo Rowing Rugby Sailing Shooting Swimming
Table Tennis Tennis Volleyball Water Polo Weightlifting
10 August Archery Basketball Beach Volleyball Boxing
Canoe Slalom Cycling – Road Time Trial Diving
Equestrian – Dressage Fencing Football Gymnastics – Artistic
Handball Hockey Judo Rowing Rugby Sailing Shooting
Swimming Table Tennis Tennis Volleyball Water Polo
Weightlifting
11 August Archery Badminton Basketball Beach Volleyball
Boxing Canoe Slalom Cycling – Track Diving Equestrian – Dressage
Fencing Golf Gymnastics – Artistic Handball Hockey Judo Rowing
Rugby Sailing Shooting Swimming Table Tennis Tennis Volleyball
Water Polo
12 August Archery Athletics Badminton Basketball Beach Volleyball
Boxing Cycling – Track Diving Equestrian – Dressage Fencing
Football Golf Gymnastics – Rhythmic Handball Hockey Judo
Rowing Sailing Shooting Swimming Table Tennis Tennis
Volleyball Water Polo Weightlifting
13 August Athletics Badminton Basketball Beach Volleyball
Boxing Cycling – Track Diving Fencing Football Golf
Gymnastics – Rhythmic Handball Hockey Rowing Sailing Shooting
Swimming Table Tennis Tennis Volleyball Water Polo Weightlifting
14 August Athletics Athletics – Marathon Athletics – Race Walk
Badminton Basketball Beach Volleyball Boxing Cycling – Track
Diving Equestrian – Jumping Fencing Golf Gymnastics – Artistic
Handball Hockey Sailing Shooting synchronized Swimming
Table Tennis Tennis Volleyball Water Polo Weightlifting
Wrestling – Greco-Roman
15 August Athletics Badminton Basketball Beach Volleyball
Boxing Canoe Sprint Cycling – Track Diving Equestrian – Dressage
Gymnastics – Artistic Handball Hockey Marathon Swimming Sailing
Synchronized Swimming Table Tennis Volleyball Water Polo
Weightlifting Wrestling – Greco-Roman
16 August Athletics Badminton Basketball Beach Volleyball
Boxing Canoe Sprint Cycling – Track Diving Equestrian – Jumping
Football Gymnastics – Artistic Handball Hockey Marathon Swimming
Sailing Synchronized Swimming Table Tennis Volleyball Water Polo
Weightlifting Wrestling – Greco-Roman
17 August Athletics Badminton Basketball Beach Volleyball Boxing
Canoe Sprint Cycling – BMX Diving Equestrian – Jumping Football
Golf Handball Hockey Sailing Table Tennis Taekwondo Volleyball
Water Polo Wrestling – Freestyle
18 August Athletics Badminton Basketball Beach Volleyball Boxing
Canoe Sprint Cycling – BMX Diving Golf Handball Hockey
Modern Pentathlon Sailing synchronized Swimming Taekwondo
Triathlon Volleyball Water Polo Wrestling – Freestyle
19 August Athletics Athletics – Race Walk Badminton Basketball
Boxing Canoe Sprint Cycling – BMX Diving Equestrian – Jumping
Football Golf Gymnastics – Rhythmic Handball Hockey Modern Pentathlon
synchronized Swimming Taekwondo Volleyball Water Polo Wrestling – Freestyle
20 August Athletics Badminton Basketball Boxing Canoe Sprint
Cycling – Mountain Bike Diving Football Golf Gymnastics – Rhythmic
Handball Modern Pentathlon Taekwondo Triathlon Volleyball
Water Polo Wrestling – Freestyle
21 August Athletics – Marathon Basketball Boxing Cycling – Mountain Bike
Gymnastics – Rhythmic Handball Volleyball Wrestling – Freestyle
Closing Ceremony at Maracanã

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