All eyes on Rio!

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The 2016 Rio Olympics officially kick offs today with a glittering opening ceremony that will showcase all the participating countries and their athletes as well as Brazil’s rich culture. The spectacle can be viewed live on CBC at around 7 p.m. EST.

All eyes are on Rio to see who will win Canada’s first medal. The women’s soccer team was off to an excellent start with a 2-0 win over Australia in their opening match on Wednesday. And a record–Janine Beckie scored fastest soccer goal in Olympic history for Canada.

The 314-strong Canadian contingent has many medal hopefuls including Ryan Cochrane (swimming), Andre De Grasse (athletics), Brooke Henderson (golf) and Mark de Jonge (kayak).

With India’s largest contingent travelling to the 2016 Summer Olympics here, billions of Indians are hoping that the blend of experience, youth and debutants participating in the games will go the extra mile and script history in the biggest extravaganza in the world of sports.

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With 124 Indians participating in a larger number of disciplines in this edition of the Games, the country will aim to better its medals tally from the 2012 London Olympics and make it double digit this time around. India won six medals at London, their highest haul so far.

The Rio Olympics which will run from August 5 to 21, features 28 sports and 41 disciplines, with 206 nations participating in 306 events. – CINEWS

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