How Many Sports Will Be in the 2016 Olympics?

The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will include a record number of sports. Here’s a look at how many sports will be in the 2016 Olympics.

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The 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to 21. A record 306 events in 28 sports will be contested. Forty-seven nations are scheduled to participate. These games will feature the return of golf and rugby to the Olympic program after 112 years and 92 years respectively; both sports were last featured at the 1904 Summer Olympics.

The Summer Olympics

The Summer Olympics will feature 28 sports with a total of 41 disciplines. The sports are:

Canoeing and kayaking
Field hockey
Football (aka soccer)
Modern pentathlon*
Rugby sevens*
Sailing Shooting Swimming Table tennis Taekwondo Tennis Triathlon Volleyball Water polo Weightlifting Wrestling

disciplines in parentheses

The Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics, which will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will include a total of 102 medal events across 15 different sports.

The most popular winter sports are expected to be alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, short track speed skating, skeleton, ski jumping, speed skating and curling.

What’s new for 2018? It will be the first time that big air snowboarding and mixed doubles curling will be contested at the Winter Olympics.


There are a total of 33 sports that will be in the 2016 Olympics. This is 3 more sports than were in the 2012 Olympics. The 3 new sports are golf, rugby, and karate.

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