The 2016 Rio Olympics at a glance

Often considered a universal language, sports bring people together from different nationalities and diverse backgrounds. To promote fair play, sportsmanship and camaraderie among nations, languages play a vital role especially at one of the world’s biggest and most watched sporting events. With over 200 nationalities taking part at each Olympic games, technology has been instrumental in overcoming language barriers and making clear communication possible.

As athletes and organizers from all over the world get ready for the upcoming 31st Summer Olympics—held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 to 21— take a look at some significant facts and figures about the languages of athletes, spectators and the people behind the 2016 Rio Olympics.


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Jenie Gabriel

Jenie creates and coordinates content for Gengo's marketing team. Originally from the Philippines, she was an advertising creative in Singapore before moving to Tokyo. In her spare time, you’ll find her wandering around the city or planning her next escapade.

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