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Olympic Games: Rio de Janeiro 2016

02 Feb 2016

Our Subjects / Ā Mātou Kaupapa:
Popular culture, Sport

Where can I find information on the 2016 Summer Olympic Games? 

LEVEL: Intermediate

The summer Olympic Games are one of the world's biggest sporting events. They are held every four years and in 2016 will be in the former capital city of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

A great place to start researching the Rio Olympics is the official website for the Games, Rio 2016. Here you will find details on all aspects of the 2016 Olympic Games: a schedule of events, torch relay, latest news and updates, heritage of the games and park venues. It also includes information on background subjects such as advertising, infrastructure, sustainability and funding. 

The Olympic Movement, known as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), also has up to the minute and related information and this can be used for additional details of the sports at the Games and the medalists. You will also find a link here to the Olympic Museum.  

HOT TIP: When looking for information on an event, or person, we always recommend trying to find the official website first, as this is likely to have the most accurate details. 

Another source for reliable information is Britannica Schoolwhich is one of the EPIC databases. You can search this at different levels - hover over the links and then use the search box entering the keyword 'Olympics'. Selecting the secondary level does have the advantage of introducing such issues as corruption, politics and commercialisation as well as significant events that have occurred at the Games, both ancient and modern. 

For a totally different perspective on the Olympic Games have a look at Opposing Viewpoints in Context which is another of the EPIC databases. This resource provides information about the 'other side' of the Olympics including the politics and international relations, as well as a look at costs and scandals. You can check out the entries by entering the keyword Olympics in the search box, or selecting Olympics from the 'Society & Culture' box. 

HOT TIP: To get to the EPIC databases you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or, you can log on to between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday, and one of the librarians can help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

Each country will usually have its own committee or organisation which is responsible for Olympic matters; you can find out about the New Zealand team and its participation by having a look at the New Zealand Olympic Committee website. Use the links across the top of the page to find information on the athletes, sports and medal winners from previous Games; you can also check out the New Zealand Olympic Museum
For a historical look at New Zealand's involvement in the Games check out the NZHistory site. You can use the search box entering the keyword 'Olympics', or navigate by scrolling down the page, using the 'society and culture' link and then 'The Olympics' under 'Sport'. Do have a look at the 16 Olympic Stories, each of which features a highlight and/or talking point involving New Zealand

NZHistory is a great website for information about New Zealand Aotearoa. If we go all the way down the page we can see that the website belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable. 

The National Library's Services to Schools website has a page of High Interest Topics where you can find lists of reliable websites on many topics, one of which covers the Olympic Games. Here you can find links for information on the Ancient Olympics, the Paralympics and Olympic heroes as well as different points relating to the modern Olympics

In the lead up to, and during the Games, news websites will keep you up to date with reports and results. For New Zealand information we suggest using the sports pages of TVNZ and/or the news site StuffIt will also be worth checking out what the other major news sites have on the Olympics: BBC (United Kingdom), CNN (American), and ABC News (Australian). 

Do have a look at our other ManyAnswers entries for more information on the history of the Olympics and past Olympic Games

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